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 publicContinue reading “Rolla Ranger Station, Mark Twain National Forest”

Rockwell Cemetery

Before it became a military installation in 1941, Fort Leonard Wood’s 61,000 acres were largely settled by subsistence farmers trying to eke out a living from the rocky soil. When the land was acquired by the military leading up to WWII, many of these families were understandably distraught about losing the land that had beenContinue reading “Rockwell Cemetery”