Cuyahoga Valley National Park Development – Peninsula OH

Description

Between 1933 and 1939, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) provided labor for the construction of the Virginia Kendall Park Reserve, now Cuyahoga Valley National Park (est. 2000), in Peninsula, Ohio during the Great Depression. 530 acres of land willed and transferred to the Akron Municipal Parks Board and under the leadership of Harold S. Wagner and F.A. Sieberling petitioned the CCC in August 1933 for a camp. It was granted and in December of that year Unit #576 arrived with 208 recruits first under the command of of Lt. JR Tobin and soon replaced by Captain AW Belden.

The CCC camp reconstructed the area and by the time it was disbanded in 1938 it had completed 3 shelters, 8 latrines, a dam which created Kendall Lake, a bathhouse, 17 footbridges, trails throughout, 40,000 gallon well, 600 foot toboggan slide, 208 tables and benches, graded and developed 5 acres of campground, moved over 15,000 plants and trees, and planted 122 acres of new trees.

Source notes

Kenneth J. Bindas, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939 (Kent State University Press, 2013)

Project originally submitted by Kenneth Bindas on December 15, 2014.

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Location Info


Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Peninsula, OH 44264

Location notes: General location marker

Coordinates: 41.240939, -81.548673

One comment on “Cuyahoga Valley National Park Development – Peninsula OH

  1. This is great! One part is a little misleading– Virginia Kendall Park was incorporated into a much larger Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, later renamed Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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