“During the 1930s, taking advantage of the public works programs offered by the Depression-era New Deal, Burlingame became home to the 141st Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was the first, the state headquarters, and one of five such camps in Rhode Island. Beginning in 1933, out of work young men, in their late teens and early twenties were put to work making roads and trails.
In addition they built fire places, camp sites, and picnic areas, while making recreational improvements to the beaches of Watchaug Pond. Forest management activities went on throughout Rhode Island, particularly in the aftermath of the Hurricane of ’38 which downed thousands of trees and disrupted roads and public improvements. The CCC was disbanded in 1942 because of the overwhelming need to draft manpower for WW II.”
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 29, 2015.
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I’ m looking for more info on what else the 141st co. built. Did they build the Great Swamp Fight park? Where were the ither five RI CCC Camps in RI? Any pictures? Any memorilbilia? My father served in the 141st company at Burlingame among others.