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A museum at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park honors the men of the CCC who shaped the park and many great works across our nation. The museum is fittingly sited in an original CCC building, which served as the park’s office through the 1970’s. The building was largely unused until preservation and restoration began in 2007. The museum opened to the public in 2010 and a specially commissioned statue commemorated the event.
The CCC provided jobs to more than 4 million men during a time when jobs were scarce. The CCC was part of Roosevelt’s New Deal plan to help lift the United States out of the Great Depression. The men at Pickett were divided into companies. There were two companies (Company 1471, S-65 and Company 447 SP-3) that shaped Pickett State Park. The museum at Pickett State Park documents these efforts and gives a glimpse into the life of the CCC.
In 1934 Company 1471 began work on the lake, dam, telephone lines, and 30 miles of roads and trails. They were joined in 1935 by Company 447, which built the rustic cabins, campground, nature center, boat house, beach and swimming area, two water towers, recreation lodge, and additional hiking trails. The museum itself was constructed in 1935 from oak and chestnut timber. The interior walls are limestone and the exterior walls are sandstone.
The hardworking staff at Pickett State Park have continued the tradition of CCC. They used their talents and skills to do much of the work on the museum renovation themselves. A “swinging bridge” over the lake was also designed and constructed by the park’s own staff.