Have you traveled the road to Pea Vine Falls at Oak
Mountain State Park? Stayed in a stone cabin at Cheaha State Park? Visited the
Moundville Archeological Museum south of Tuscaloosa? These were built by the
CCC, often called “Roosevelt’s Tree Army,” during the Great Depression.
The CCC (the Civilian
Conservation Corps) was one of the federal make-work projects of the era, one
that did a lot of good for forests, recreation, and the men for whom it provided
short-term jobs. Between 1933 and 1942, an average of 30 camps operated across
Alabama. CCC boys helped fight fires, reforest lands, protect the state’s then
newly acquired national forests and build roads and recreational facilities in
its state parks. -- from the press release:
Roosevelt’s Tree Army Arrives at the Library
There were no CCC projects in Jefferson County. However, many boys from
Jefferson County worked for the CCC and many of us have enjoyed time spent in an Alabama State
Park that was built by the CCC.
For more information about the CCC in Alabama, check out the book
The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, 1933-1942 : a
lasting good by Robert Pasquill, Jr.
A Great and Lasting
Good - The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Birmingham Area, Part 1
A Great and Lasting Good - The Civilian Conservation Corps in the Birmingham
Area, Part 2