Civilian Conservation Corps Workers
Civilian Conservation Corps
Arvin H. Almquist was hired by the state to serve as superintendent and develop Green Lakes State Park. However, Almquist faced limited financial resources, as the park was proposed at the start of the Great Depression. Luckily, in 1933, Congress passed a bill to create a new federal work relief program called the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). This program, part of the New Deal legislation proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was formed in order to create useful jobs pertaining to the conservation and preservation of natural resources in the U.S. All in all, over 3 million men of all ages were employed in the CCC between the Great Depression and World War II. Each recived room, board, clothing, and a salary of $30 per month (a dollar a day), $25 of which was sent home.
At least 300 CCC workers lived and worked on Green Lakes State Park, spending their nights in army surplus tents. These workers provided the manpower for creating the park's roads, buildings, golf course, and parking lots. During their Sundays off, many workers would hitchhike home, while others would visit the village of Fayetteville and sometimes spend the night with local families. The CCC's presence definitely influenced town life, as younger members would attend town dances and intermingle with the locals.