Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Civilian Conservation Corps

Our cabin was built in 1936 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps which put men back to work during the Great Depression. It was a public work relief program for unemployed men ages 18-24. But I'm getting ahead of myself! Our subdivision was homesteaded in 1925 under President Lincoln's expanded Homestead Act which allowed people to purchase 640 acres from the US Government for a mere $10! In the early 1930's our homesteader sold off sections to Stanley Barrows who immediately began to subdivide in smaller sections and parcels. Our cabin was sold in 1940 by the executor of Mr. Barrows estate. Documentation for the original purchase is filed in Georgetown, CO and has Calvin Coolidge's signature!

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