postcard: CCC constructed cabin

The CCC & WPA were created by the US government to employ out of work Americans (during The Great Depression til we entered WWII). Gram’s brothers and cousins worked in them to build and improve Anerica’s infrastructure. We were taught to be proud of our family’s hands-on part of building modern America and to be proud of a government that helped us save ourselves when there was no legal options where we lived — and we were too poor to move. Think ‘Grapes of Wrath.’

The CCC & WPA works are probably best known in National Parks but they also built bridges, highways, dams and much more (like commissioning fine artists; Woody Guthrie collected & archived folk music for posterity!).

This is a cabin they constructed in Devil’s Den, Arkansas. Big thanks to Nicholas for another super share!


My prattle is based upon memory from grade school History class–and family. Any contributions are welcome!


2 thoughts on “postcard: CCC constructed cabin

  1. Laurie says:

    I remember when the war ended in 1945. All the neighborhood kids, including me, were on the front yard beating pans with spoons. It was so exciting!


    • Lily says:

      Gram never liked talking about the war itself since they lost almost all the boys she went to school with in it. She talked a LOT about the Depression, though. Amazing times.


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