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Statue Honoring Builders of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Stolen

By Nick Davis, July 25, 2017

A statue honoring the men who built one of Iowa’s largest state parks has been stolen, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.

The bronze statue of a shirtless CCC, or Civilian Conservation Corp, worker holding a large sledgehammer was dedicated in July, 2010.  It was built to honor the hundreds of New Deal Civilian Conservation Corp Members who built the state park.

The statue cost more than $20,000 to build and erect in Van Buren County.

The CCC was a public work relief program that operated during the Roosevelt New Deal Era of the Great Depression. The program paid young men $30 per month ($547 adjusted for inflation) to develop natural resources in rural areas owned by federal, state and local governments.

CCC workers planted nearly 3 billion trees across the country, constructed trails, lodges and other facilities in more than 800 parks nationwide.

The statue was reported stolen Saturday morning. Deputies say it appears as though it was pulled off its concrete pad and loaded into a vehicle.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says anyone with information should contact them at 319-293-3426.

The investigation is ongoing.

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