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State park to host walk, discuss history

Colton Point State Park, 927 Colton Road, Wellsboro, will offer a chance to follow in the footsteps of the local “CCC boys” to learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps at 10 a.m., Sunday, the men who served in the program and the legacy they left behind.

The walk will start at the park’s trailhead parking lot where Environmental Education Specialist Robert Edkin will share Civilian Conservation Corps-era photos and then lead participants on a half-mile hike on flat and easy terrain to see what the CCC created in the park, according to a news release. During the hike, he will share stories originally told by local CCC participants.

To get to the trailhead parking lot, readers should turn off Route 6 onto Colton Road at the Burnin’ Barrel Restaurant/Bar and Ansonia Valley Inn, go past the first parking area on the right, which is across from the first overlook on Colton Road and take a left into the main day use area. Trailhead parking is almost immediately on the right. A sandwich board sign on Colton Road will direct those attending to the day use area parking lot.

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps, a federally funded public work relief program. It put unemployed young men to work during the Great Depression, the news release said. About 600,000 World War I veterans and 2.6 million unmarried men, ages 17 to 28 who could not find jobs enlisted in the CCC. They were given a place to sleep, food to eat, clothes to wear and were paid $1 a day in return for the work they did. According to the news release, the projects they completed had environmental benefits. Called dollar-a-day boys, they logged trees and planted new ones, built walks and dams and a network of public roadways and upgraded or built hundreds of state parks across the country, including Leonard Harrison and Colton Point state parks, near Wellsboro. The program ended in 1942.

For more information about the free, in-person “CCC History Walk” or other programs offered at the park, call 570-724-3061 or email Bob Edkin at redkin@pa.gov.

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