Date in History:
1933 – The first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Florida was established in Eastport near Jacksonville on this date. The CCC was a federal worker-relief program designed to get young men working on construction and conservation projects through the U.S. as part of the New Deal. Over the course of the program (1933-1942) over 3 million young men worked for the CCC. In Florida, the work done by the CCC established a number of state parks including the Suwannee River State Park, Myakka River State Park, and Highlands Hammock State Park. The CCC workers built picnic facilities, operations buildings, fences, roads and other infrastructure in order make the parks available and accessible to the public.