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Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

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11747 N. Higgins Lake Drive
Roscommon, MI 48653
United States
Regions: Northern Michigan
(989) 348-6178
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More than 100,000 young men worked in Michigan's forests during the Great Depression and lived in barracks. See how "Roosevelt's tree army" served the state, creating a legacy that we enjoy today.

In an effort to "put Americans back to work" during the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrolled more than 100,000 young Michigan men to perform a variety of conservation and reforestation projects. Between 1933 and 1942, the Michigan CCC planted 484 million trees, spent 140,000 days fighting forest fires and constructed 7,000 miles of truck trails, 504 bridges and 222 buildings. Their accomplishments also revitalized the Michigan state park system, helping to establish Isle Royale National Park and improve campgrounds in Michigan's national forests.

With the U.S. entry into World War II, the CCC was discontinued. CCC alumni donated to the museum many of the photographs and artifacts depicting their day-to-day life and accomplishments.

Admission to the CCC Museum is free. A Michigan State Parks motor-vehicle permit is required for entry to the park. Please allow one hour to tour the museum and the outdoor exhibits. The park offers the Historic Higgins Lake Nursery, camping, picnicking, hiking and swimming.

The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is located in North Higgins Lake State Park near Roscommon, 15 miles south of Grayling, along Roscommon Road. Exit from I-75 or U.S. 127.

Dates/Hours of Operation
From May 22 through September 7, the CCC Museum is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is staffed Wednesday to Sunday.
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