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The site is easy to walk around and has some larger pine trees.
Hollis CCC Camp Historical Site
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4,000 feet north of the jct. of County Road 4 and AR 7, AR, 72126
Open 24 hours, but daylight hours are best.
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
The Hollis Camp historical site is located in the Ouachita National Forest in central Arkansas. The site has a number of signs and displays that discuss Hollis Camp and its role in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which was a New Deal public works program. While the signs are interesting, the only remains of the camp are foundation stones and building outlines.
The CCC was a program started by President Roosevelt in the 1930s to provide employment and trade skills for unemployed young men in the Great Depression. It was a popular social work program; thousands of camps were developed and millions of men took part. The well-run camps were organized in a military manner and were headed by US military officers. The work included building a variety of infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, dams and trails. The CCC also built cabins and lodges in national and state parks and many of the structures are still in use. With the onset of World War II the need for the CCC diminished, and the program was ended in 1942.
The main part of the historical site is a few acres in size. While the CCC buildings are gone, the signs are highly informative and include pictures, details and background on the respective buildings. After walking around the site and reading the signs, one can get a better appreciation for Hollis Camp and the CCC in general. It is easy to miss Hollis Camp when driving by it on the Scenic 7 Byway, however if you enjoy history or just want to stretch your legs, it is definitely worth a stop to check out. Also, the Scenic 7 Byway is a pleasant road to drive and to view beautiful mountain scenery.
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