CCC Worker Statues
To honor and commemorate the hard work and accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps, established on March 31, 1933, by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a CCC Worker Statue was created to be placed across the nation, primarily in sites where they worked. Most of these sites are in national or state parks. The ones listed below have been funded primarily by chapters of the existing National Association of the Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni. Others have been funded by individual members or their family members as a memorial to that individual. Some states are fortunate to have more than one of the statues, but as of May 2013 there were 12 states, and the District of Columbia, that did not have a CCC Worker Statue honoring the men who worked in their state.
Any individual or organization that would be interested in obtaining and placing a CCC Worker Statue in one of those states (listed below) may contact the NNDPA office at P. O. Box 602, Santa Fe, NM 87504, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the office at (505) 473-3985 (cell phone is (505) 690-5845). At this time a statue and bronze plaque cost approximately $20,000, which includes delivery to the site. Or you can contact CCC Legacy directly at P. O. Box 341, Edinburgh, VA 22824. Email email@example.com. Phone 540-984-8735
States Without CCC Worker Statues (as of May 2013)
- Rhode Island
- District of Columbia
Locations of Existing CCC Worker Statues(Details of statue locations and dedications can be reviewed on the CCC Legacy website.)
|1. North Higgins State Park||Roscommon, MI|
|2. NACCCA Headquarters||St. Louis, MO (Jefferson Barracks)|
|3. NJ School of Conservation||Branchville, NJ|
|4. Highlands Hammock State Park||Sebring, FL|
|5. Watoga State Park||Marlington, WV|
|6. Leonard Harrison State Park||Tioga County, PA|
|7. Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park||Pine Mountain, GA|
|8. Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area||Peninsula, OH|
|9. Cascade Park||New Castle, PA|
|10. State Museum||Augusta, ME|
|11. Forest Preserve District||Willow Springs, IL|
|12. Oconee State Park||Mountain Rest, SC|
|13. Bear Brook State Park||Allenstown, NH|
|14. Tahquamenon Logging Museum||Newberry, MI|
|15. Devil’s Den State Park||Arkansas (northwest)|
|16. Oregon State Forestry Park||Salem, OR|
|17. Letchworth State Park||Castile, NY|
|18. Freetown State Forest||Assonet, MA|
|19. Roosevelt Park||Edison, NJ|
|20. Fond du Lac Historical Society||Fond du Lac, WS|
|21.White Rock Lake Park||Dallas, TX|
|22. Singletary State Park||Kelly, NC|
|23. Devil’s Lake State Park||Baraboo, WS|
|24. Promised Land State Park||Greentown, PA|
|25. Pisgah Ranger District||Pisgah National Forest, NC|
|26. Florida Caverns State Park||Marianna, FL|
|27. Red Rocks Amphitheater||Denver, CO|
|28. Deception Pass State Park||Oak Harbor, WA|
|29. Marion County Park||Marion, KS|
|30. Rapides Station 1-49||Kisatchie National Forest, LA|
|31. Crawford State Park||Farlington, KS|
|32. Site of CCC Camp F-9||Haugan, MT|
|33. Cabwaylingo State Park||Dunlow, WV|
|34. John James Audubon State Park||Henderson, KY|
|35. Central Idaho Historical Museum||McCall, ID|
|36. Byrd Visitor Center Plaza||Big Meadows, VA|
|37. Flags of Honor Park||Willmar, MN|
|38. Giant City State Park||Makanda, IL|
|39. Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park||Mandan, ND|
|40. Laurel Hills State Park||Somerset, PA|
|41. Gooseberry Falls State Park||Two Harbors, MN|
|42. Warren County Visitors Bureau||Warren, PA|
|43. O’Leno State Park||High Springs, FL|
|44. George Washington National Forest||Edinburg, VA|
|45. California Conservation Corps Headquarters||Sacramento, CA|
|46. Petit Jean State Park||Morrilton, AR|
|47. Elephant Butte State Park||Elephant Butte, NM|
|48. Colossal Cave Park||Vail, AZ|
|49. New Mexico State Capitol Grounds||Santa Fe, NM|
|50. Phoenix South Mountain Park||Phoenix, AZ|
|51. Hill City Visitor Center/CCC Museum||Hill City, SD|
|52. Hartwick Pines State Park Logging Museum||Grayling, MI|
|53. Guernsey State Park||Guernsey, WY|
|54. Versailles State Park||Versailles, IN|
|55. Lacey-Keosauqua State Park||Keosauqua, IA|
|56. Damascus||Damascus, AR|
|57. Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Museum||Galeton, PA|
|58. Gambrill State Park||Frederick, MD|
|59. Hyner View State Park||Clinton County, PA|
|60. Pickett CCC Memorial State Park||Jamestown, TN|
|61. Roaring River State Park||Cassville, MO|
Funding of the first 10 statues
STATUE NO. 1 North Higgins State Park, Roscommon, MI, June 3, 1995. Total cost $35,000. Contributions by many loyal CCC veterans. Representing Chapters 29, 58, 129, 144, 161 & 163. Cost included manufacture of mold to be used for other statues. Corporations contributed a portion.
STATUE NO. 2 located at NACCCA headquarters, St. Louis, MO April 14, 1996. Cost was $20,000 paid by donations and NACCCA funds approved by membership.
STATUE NO. 3 School of Conservation, Branchville, NJ, November 4, 1996. Paid by private funds of Henry Billitz, CCC veteran, living in St. Augustine, FL. Henry served in CCC Company No. 1266, S-71, in 1941. This company and one other , CCC Company 218, S-51, were the base for creation of the School of Conservation, Division of Montclair University. John J. Kirk, Director of SOC stated on dedication: "These men participated in the worlds most famous conservation program. America will never be able to repay them. All that is great and good about conservation we owe to the CCC."
STATUE NO. 4 Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring FL., dedicated August 2, 1997. The fourth CCC worker statue was donated by Henry Billitz in honor of his brother, Emil Billitz who suffered complete paralysis as the result of a truck accident while serving in the CCC. Through hard work and therapy he regained the use of his upper body. The statue is also dedicated to the 2,876 men who lost their lives while working for the CCC between 1933 and 1942. Henry Billitz also donated another CCC Worker Statue at New Jersey School of Conservation, Branchville, NJ.
STATUE NO. 5 Located in Watoga State Park Marlington, West Virginia dedicated June 5, 1999 and paid by private funds, Denver Dial, Director.
STATUE NO. 6 Located in Leonard Harrison State Park, Tioga County, Pa.. dedicated on August 14, 1999. Paid by Richard H. Murtland of Plano, TX., son of Richard G. Murtland, a former CCC member who served in Darling Run Camp, 1937 to 1939.
STATUE NO. 7 Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain, GA., dedicated September 18, 1999. Paid by private funds contributed by CCC members who served in area camps and some state funds. This statue was dedicated by U.S. Senator Max Cleland of Georgia, whose father Hugh, a CCC veteran, was present for the dedication. In his outstanding speech, Senator Cleland referred to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous "Rendezvous with Destiny" speech given in 1936. "Some generations," Roosevelt said, "much is given; some generations much is required. This generation has a rendezvous with destiny." The Senator continued, "And you met that destiny. You met it in wonderful, classic, heroic form. And that's why those of us who come in after you sit in awe of your generation and your contribution, of what you did with so little and gave back so much—particularly in the CCC. That's why we have a historical marker here today in this FDR Park."
STATUE NO. 8 Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area (CVNRA), NPS, Peninsula, OH, dedicated September 8, 2000. Paid by R. Bruce Budinger, son-in-law of former CCC member Charles Varro, who served in CO 318 (F-1) Allegheny National Forest, Marienville, Pa from 1939 to 1941. The statue is installed at the Happy Days Visitor Center, built by the CCC in 1939. The CVNRA was dedicated in December 1974.
STATUE NO. 9 Dedicated September 23, 2000, in Cascade Park, New Castle, Pa. Funding from the State of Pennsylvania, City of New Castle and private sources, including Wal-Mart. The project was coordinated by Angelo Nocera, President of NACCCA Chapter 125, and other members of the Chapter.
STATUE NO. 10 Dedicated April 24, 2001, in Capitol Public Plaza, Augusta, Maine. The project was coordinated by Phil Gouzie, President of NACCCA Chapter 111, with the assistance of State Representative Robert W. Duplessie of Maine.
NNDPA Requests Your Help with Congress to Obtain CCC Statues for States Without Them
Kathryn Flynn, Executive Director of the NNDPA, has contacted the son of a CCC Worker, Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N. M.), requesting his help in obtaining through the U.S. Senate funding to purchase CCC Worker Statues for the states where none exist at this time. The organization is requesting everyone's help in supporting this request by contacting your senators in Washington to help Bingaman make this a reality. refer to list above to see what states are without statutes. If you live in one of those states, please contact your senators and ask him to help Sen. Bingaman. His office number in Washington, DC, is 202-224-1792. If you live in others states but would like to support this, please contact your senators also for their assistance on this project.
For more information about this, contact Kathy Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-473-3985 or cell 505-690-5845.
Mini CCC Workers Statues are now also available
NACCCA Chapter 129 OF Grayling, Michigan has since 1995 championed the effort to bring recognition to CCC built landmarks by encouraging the placement of the six foot CCC Worker statues. Now they are making available a new fundraising program for NACCCA which includes the sale of a tabletop commemorative statue that is only nine (9) inches tall including its base. It does not feature the same "worker figure" having been crafted in the likeness of John L. Selesky. This young figure is carrying a shovel (not leaning on it) and costs $100. The statues can be personalized with a brass plaque and may be ordered from John L. Selesky at P.O. Box 507, Rose City, Michigan 48654. Telephone/fax: 989-695-2308.