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xv Timeline Relevant to the Establishment of Giant City State Park 1903 Fort Massac State Park established 1911 Starved Rock State Park established 1925 Illinois law directs the development of a system of state parks to preserve historic sites and natural features 1927 Black Hawk State Park established White Pines Forest established Giant City State Park established September 1927 First tract of land purchased for Giant City State Park July 1929 Ralph Corzine appointed as first park custodian November 1929 Cedar rust controversy January 1930 Road graveled from State Route 2 into Makanda November 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt wins in a Democratic landslide election March 1933 FDR is inaugurated and authorized to establish a conservation work force April 1933 The first Civilian Conservation Corps enrollee signs up June 1933 Giant City CCC camp established at Giant City State Park by Company 696 Company 1657 organized near Chatham December 5, 1933 Repeal of Prohibition December 10, 1933 Company 1657 moves into Stone Fort CCC camp at Giant City State Park 1934 Subway project at Giant City May 1934 Company 1657 leaves Giant City for LeRoy, Illinois June 1934 Construction begins on Giant City lodge July 1934 Kent Keller campaigns and entertains CCC boys at Camp Giant City August 1934 Arrival at Giant City State Park of CCC Company 692 Fall–Winter 1934 Archaeological relic Stone Fort is reconstructed by CCC men November 1934 Massive central oak columns raised in Giant City lodge March 1935 Stonework on lodge completed March 10–11, 1935 Drury Creek floods October 20, 1935 Barbecue picnic at Giant City State Park draws a crowd of 8,000 November 1935 Company 692 departs Giant City for Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin Winter 1935–36 Coldest winter on record in Midwest March 1936 Construction of overnight cabins completed August 30, 1936 Giant City State Park lodge dedication January 1937 Flood relief work December 8, 1941 United States declares war on Japan 1942 Giant City CCC camp closes 5LSSHO)URQWPDWWHUUHYLQGG $0 5LSSHO)URQWPDWWHUUHYLQGG $0 Giant City State Park and the Civilian Conservation Corps 5LSSHO)URQWPDWWHUUHYLQGG $0 5LSSHO)URQWPDWWHUUHYLQGG $0 ...


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