Stories


The Civilian Conservation Corps

There are many stories attributed to Acadia National Park that date back over the past 100 years. Of these the most encouraging and courageous is the one about the Civilian Conversation Corps, also known as CCC. The story dates back to the 1930s, during the great depression when resources were scarce. The people of the U.S. were going through one of the most difficult times in their history. It was during this time that the caretaker of the park, George Dorr, saw an opportunity to put these men to work. Not only were they able to assemble more than 275,000 young men, they put these men to work and provided them with three square meals a day while also sending $25 a month to their families. In times of great darkness, these young men of the CCC built the trails that shine to this very day.

The Great Fire of 1947

Also known as ‘The Year Maine Burned’, this fire changed the face of Mount Desert Island forever. The fire started on October 17th and immediately the fire department received a call from one of the residents. For the first 3 days it seemed that the fire would subside, which was not the case as the fire kept intensifying. It was not till October 27th that it was finally announced that the fire is now under control. After 10 days of the blazing fire, more than 17,000 acres had been burned with $23 million in damages.

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