Rolla Ranger Station, Mark Twain National Forest

The Rolla Ranger Station was constructed in 1937-1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC was a New Deal program created to provide work for young men facing unemployment during the Great Depression. (My grandfather and his twin brother were among the 3 million young men who participated in the program, working on public works projects in Ohio.) Most CCC projects revolved around conservation and natural resources, including reforestation efforts and erosion and flood control. During the Depression, this region of Missouri was facing serious consequences related to deforestation and soil exhaustion and CCC efforts here were heavily focused on restoring the forests. In addition, the CCC constructed a number of structures and buildings for the Forest Service, many of which survive today. As was the case across the country, these buildings utilized local materials and featured rustic designs. Located in the Mark Twain National Forest, the Rolla Ranger Station consists of 5 buildings built by the CCC (the ranger station, ranger residence, warehouse, garage, and oil house) all of which were constructed using local limestone. Though the forest service no longer operates out of the buildings, they are recognized as significant historic resources by the local community: the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and the buildings are now occupied by the Rolla Chamber of Commerce and Rolla Visitors Center. 

Rolla Ranger Station National Register Nomination: https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/03000717.pdf

Historic and Architectural Resources of the Mark Twain National Forest Multiple Property Document: https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/64500853.pdf

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