Starved Rock State Park: The Work of the CCC Along the I&M Canal

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Visitors to Starved Rock State Park are often struck by the grandeur of its rustic lodge. They marvel at its massive fireplace and hand-hewn logs. Yet few realize that this structure is a tangible reminder of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which in the 1930s provided work for young men left unemployed by the Great Depression. Starved Rock Lodge was one of the biggest projects of the "CCC boys" along the Illinois and Michigan Canal, but it was far from the only one. Working as a team and living in camps from Willow Springs to La Salle-Peru, they built facilities that transformed the old canal into what became the I&M Canal State Trail (1974) and the nation's first National Heritage Corridor (1984). President Franklin D. Roosevelt's nation-wide program preserved the landscape from the ravages of soil erosion, flooding, and deforestation. In the process, the young men built beautiful parks, buildings, and shelters that we use and admire today.
ISBN: 9780738519906
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The two authors work in partnership at the Gaylord Building Historic Site in Lockport, Illinois. Dennis H. Cremin, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Public Programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Charlene Giardina is Historic Interpreter and Program Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This work draws on images from national and regional archives, personal collections, and selected contemporary photographs by John Voss.
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