Hands That Built - Newfound Gap, North Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 35° 36.654 W 083° 25.496
17S E 280356 N 3943500
Quick Description: This interpretative sign tells the story of how the CCC helped build the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 11/28/2014 9:35:11 AM
Waymark Code: WMMZD0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 9

Long Description:
The sign tells this story:

Nature forged the Great Smokies, but the hands of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers helped shape the national park we know today. During the 1930s, enrollment peaked as 4,300 men worked here, building roads, campgrounds, trails, and buildings.They also reared fish for stocking, fought fires, and practiced innumerable other trades. Their work remains an important part of the fabric of Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

The CCC was the first of several federal job programs designed to lift the nation out of the Great Depression. Created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, the CCC employed three million men most of them between 18 and 25 years old. Roosevelt declared their work "of moral and spiritual value, not only for those … taking part, but to the rest of the country as well."

This sign is right next to the parking lot at Newfound Gap.

The sign can be seen in Google Street View.

Group that erected the marker: National Park Service

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
Newfound GapNorth Carolina USA

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: Not listed

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