The Civilian Conservation Corps was a work relief program for young males during the Depression era. 96-year-old Jay Hendrickson was one of them and stopped by to share his experience in being just one of the many men responsible for Black Elk, the original infrastructure at Custer State Park, and several lakes around the Black Hills.
Otto Bochman, Board President of the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, says "What they did for the nation, there were about 3 million nationwide during 1933-1942, what they did here in the Black Hills is just phenomenal and the Black Hills wouldn't be what it is without them."
Bochman says the work by the CCC was forgotten for some time but with the use of social media, the hard work the group put in
is beginning to come to the light again.