Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by Jim C-G, Nov 16, 2018.
2nd installment of my Octobrrrr adventure.
Jim, did you give much thought to all of those beautiful rock walls that border the road? Do you know the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps?
I certainly did notice the walls... I feel a history lesson is coming and I love history lessons.
LOL! This is another benefit of riding with Trash... tap your helmet's SENA and ask a question and there is a wealth of knowledge about the region you are riding. It's better than Google.
The photo I posted of the statue along the Blueridge commemorates the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was the brain child of President Franklin Roosevelt. It was a work program for unemployed, unmarried men to provide them with jobs after the great depression. These young men were put to work and learned all sorts of trades and skills while constructing trails, roads, lodges and a wide variety of National Park infrastructure including replanting of trees. It had many positive benefits as the money went back to the men's families and it increased their chances of future employment. It also increased appreciation for nature and the protected lands of the National Parks. The excellent condition of these walls are a testament to the work they did 70 odd years ago. Can you imagine what a President with this type of foresight could do today?
Lots more reading on Wikipedia about the CCC.
Ahh... I did know some of that but did not recognize the Corps title. Roosevelt was one of the great presidents and he certainly was there at the right time (including most of WWII). Investing in people and infrastructure are what governments should do... it helps everyone. No, I cannot imagine this current president understanding or implementing anything close. Just think if the insurance companies and FEMA could be partially bypassed and hundreds of thousands of unemployed, underpaid or underskilled persons could be organized (and paid) by the government to go into the fire affected areas of California to help rebuild and learn trades as they did it. Of course there are a few construction trade unions that would object. Damnit, there are still people displaced by hurricane Katrina!
He would rather be remembered as the guy who built the Great Wall of Mexico.
What... instead of the President that raked California?
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