NPS Photo--Dismal Hollow Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park in central Kentucky encompasses portions of Mammoth Cave, the longest cave system known in the world.
The National Park Service website describes CCC work on the park:
“…the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived on the scene to begin developing the property for use as a national park. The roads were little more than wagon ruts, impassable in wet weather. The trails within the cave remained rough, the same flagstone paths Stephen Bishop and others laid out almost a hundred years before. No communications were available; there was no housing; the water system was crippled. Four camps of CCC workers worked for $1 per day building housing, roads, cave trails, communications systems, water systems, restrooms, showers, and a service elevator to the famous Snowball Room in the cave.”
From Pass The Word: A Project of the Kentucky Oral History Commission:
“The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933 to provide conservation work for unemployed young men during the Great Depression, played a significant role in the development of Mammoth Cave National Park…including road construction, stonemasonry, fire fighting, fire tower duty, truck driving, telephone system installation, and erosion control and other conservation work…”
(1) National Park Service, at http://www.nps.gov/maca/historyculture/anotherdayanotherdollar.htm, accessed June 30, 2013 (2) Pass The Word: A Project of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, at http://passtheword.ky.gov/collection/civilian-conservation-corps-and-mammoth-cave-national-park, accessed June 30, 2013.
Project originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on June 30, 2013.
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