The CCC in the Smokies

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In 1933, a force of some 4,000 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees began reporting to work camps in the Great Smoky Mountains.  they came from all across the country, some highly trained engineers, masons, and landscape architects, some with barely any discernible skills what-so-ever.  During the course of nine years they reforested clear-cut slopes, restored historic structures, built hundreds of miles of roads and trails, constructed buildings, retaining walls, bridges, trout hatcheries, campgrounds, and other facilities.  In short, their labors created the backbone of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Most of what they built still stands today, as handsome, functional, and enduring as the day the last stone was laid.

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