The hill on 44
I reported on our trip along Route 44 the other day and ended with a discussion of sugaring and of the production of Maple syrup. Joanna was disappointed that I did not post the image below which was taken on the return leg of that trip, about halfway down the mountain. We noticed, some months ago now, that someone had cleared a large amount of brush which had grown up along the side of the road and around a small stream which tumbles down the mountain and eventually has its confluence with the Susquehanna. The removal of the vegetation revealed a road which had been built into the side of the hill and which was augmented with stone reminiscent of CCC work completed 70 or 80 years ago. I’ve mentioned the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps before. In words taken from a website which remembers its legacy, The CCC is recognized as the single greatest conservation program in America serving as a catalyst for the very tenets of modern [environmental] conservation. In particular the CCC was a public work relief program which grew out of Roosevelt’s New Deal and provided work for 2.5 million young men in the decade which began in 1933. The program provided jobs in support of the development of America’s natural resources and infrastructures in rural, government-owned, lands. CCC workers planted nearly 3 billion trees, constructed 800 parks nationwide, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote, rural, areas. Many of our local parks here in central Pennsylvania were built by the CCC. Certainly the access roads, walkways, bridges, and shelters have the rugged and rustic look of work which might have been completed by the CCC. In addition to having been solidly built, many of the constructions are quite pleasing to the eye and we are grateful for them.