Itasca State Park: Development – Park Rapids MN

Between 1933 and 1942, relief workers stationed at two Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps and one Works Progress Administration (WPA) camp carried out extensive development of Itasca State Park at the headwaters of the Mississippi River.  They constructed 45 buildings… read more

CCC Improvements – Big Bend National Park TX

From Our Mark on This Land (2011): “If you have driven, hiked, or slept in the Chisos Mountains, you have experienced CCC history. In May 1933, Texas Canyons State Park was established; it was later renamed Big Bend State Park…. read more

Prince William Forest Park – Triangle VA

Cabin group at Prince William Forest Park - Triangle VA

Prince William Forest Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), with help from skilled workers of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), from 1935 to 1942.  It was then known as Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area (the name was changed… read more

Rock Creek Park: Improvements – Washington DC

Footbridge over Rock Creek, Rock Creek Park - Washington DC

The New Deal contributed substantially to the betterment of Rock Creek Park in the 1930s.  This involved a number of federal agencies. Rock Creek Park is a key greenway in the District of Columbia and, at 1750 acres, is almost… read more

Silver Falls State Park Projects – Silverton OR

South Falls Lodge, Silver Falls State Park - Silverton OR

Silver Falls State Park was created by the New Deal in the 1930s and transferred to the State of Oregon for its park system in 1947.  The land was purchased by the  federal Resettlement Administration (RA) c 1935  and the… read more

Patuxent Research Refuge – Laurel MD

Merriam Lab

President Franklin Roosevelt created Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR) with Executive Order 7514, December 16, 1936, and Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace dedicated it on June 3, 1939.  The refuge began with 2,670 acres and has since grown to 12,841 acres…. read more