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Manistique Self Guided Tour
Rapid River, MI 49878
National Forest, Natural Area: History
This self guided tour will allow you to go back in time and/or memory to days of the “Great Depression.” When folks were hungry and jobs were few. Young men looked to the newly constructed Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as an opportunity to earn money to help feed their families. In creating the CCC, President Franklin D. Roosevelt saw it as a way to put such men to work and at the same time, revitalize the country’s ravaged natural resources. It was natural that much of the CCC work centered on National Forests like that of the Hiawatha. On the Manistique R. D. (which in 1935 covered 333,000 acres) are a number of CCC sites, including camps, work projects and plantations.