Warrensburg-–A graduate research project by University of Central Missouri graduate Kevin Courtwright, Warrensburg, and his Eagle Scout son, Trent Courtwright, designates a community landmark.
Kevin Courtwright completed a project at the site of the former Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Pertle Springs, the recreation area now owned by UCM.
The Courtwrights’ work focused on the CCC’s part of the property’s history. From 1934 to 1939 – during the Great Depression, when many businesses closed and jobs became scarce – the Civilian Conservation Corps camp housed an average of 150 World War I and Spanish-American War veterans. The U.S. government employed them to complete public works projects as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.