Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Watoga State Park - A CCC Gem in West Virginia

Above: A CCC statue at Watoga State Park, in southeastern West Virginia. There are two plaques on the statue. The first reads, "CCC Worker. This statue is erected in memory of all the boys who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1942. Dedicated June 5, 1999." The second reads, "This statue was erected by former CCC enrollees." Photo by Brent McKee.

Above: A CCC-built cabin at Watoga State Park. According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce, "Development [of the park] began in 1933, when three different CCC camps were established: Camp Watoga, Camp Seebert and Camp Will Rogers. The first projects included the road, cabin construction, office/restaurant building, superintendent’s residence and the dam. The arboretum was established in 1938 with six and a half miles of trails. The last CCC project was the swimming pool completed in 1940." Photo by Brent McKee.

Above: Watoga Lake, created by the CCC. At Watoga State Park today, you can swim, hike, boat, fish, and play a variety of games at the park's game court and recreation building. You can do all these things, thanks to the CCC and the New Deal. Photo by Brent McKee.

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