Greetings from Elkhorn Creek Ranch near the epicenter of the Bakken Oil formation.
It hit me today as I was on demo detail while we were replacing a couple corner posts and building braces between two pastures. I was pulling out cedar posts and rusty, brittle barbed wire that had been sitting out here in these hills for a long time. Just how long? I didn't know.
What Wikipedia had to say about the CCC boys was that they were ages 17 to 23, unemployed and unmarried and their families were considered 'relief families'. These boys were paid $30.00 per month with $25.00 of that going back to their families where ever they were from. This program operated from 1933 to 1942 under the FDR Administration. The 300,000 CCC boys that went through the program during its existence worked on many conservation programs throughout the country including planting 3 billion trees, constructing national park infrastructure and upgrading many state park structures.
Admittedly, we don't know the age of the CCC fences out here,but most of the running miles of these amazing creations will see the century mark. Above, this cedar post was left and braced into the refurbishing of these corner posts and braces. I suspect it is as stout as the day it was tamped in back in the 30's.
There was a lunch break between construction of the first and second braces!!!!!
So from our little piece of heaven at the end of the road, here's to keeping the cows happy, the calves healthy and the humans fit.... the horses were on recreation assignment this day.