Alta Ski Resort Development – Alta UT

Alta Lodge c 1940 - Alta UT

The New Deal gave a huge boost to the development of Alta Ski Resort in the 1930s and early 1940s.  The work involved the US Forest Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration. Alta is the second… read more

Anacostia Park: Improvements – Washington DC

Anacostia Park - Washington DC

Anacostia Park is one of Washington DC’s two largest parks and recreation areas, along with Rock Creek Park.  It covers over 1200 acres along the Anacostia River from South Capitol Street SE to the Maryland boundary in NE.  The New… read more

Anacostia Park: Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens – Washington DC

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens - Washington DC

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is situated on the banks of the Anacostia River at the north end of Anacostia Park.  It is a marsh area that includes several cultivated ponds preserving rare waterlilies and lotuses. Originally known as the… read more

Apple Creek Campground – Umpqua National Forest OR

Apple Creek campground - North Umpqua National Forest OR

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had a camp at Steamboat Creek from 1933 to 1941. It was a US Forest Service camp serving Umpqua National Forest.  The enrollees made many improvements along the North Umpqua River, including campgrounds, trails and… read more

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge – Austwell TX

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a 114,657-acre, federally protected area at San Antonio Bay on the coast of Texas. The refuge was established by Executive Order 7784 on December 31, 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Aransas Migratory… read more

Aspenglen Amphitheater – Rocky Mountain National Park CO

Amphitheater at Aspenglen Campground - Rocky Mountain National Park CO

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was active in Rocky Mountain National Park throughout the New Deal era, 1933-42.  Among the other works undertaken by CCC enrollees was the construction of three amphitheaters, at Aspenglen Campground, Moraine Park Museum and Glacier… read more

Barclay House – Oregon City OR

View of Barclay House from Center Street (northwest perspective) with McLoughlin House shown to the south

Currently serving as the National Park Service’s administrative office for the Fort Vancouver – McLoughlin House Unit, the Dr. Forbes Barclay House shares more than proximity with its better-known neighbor (the McLoughlin House). The two structures not only housed important… read more

Big Oak Flat Road – Yosemite National Park CA

View of Half Dome from Big Oak Flat Road - Yosemite National Park CA

The present Big Oak Flat Road was constructed by the Bureau of Public Roads (BPR), with Public Works Administration (PWA) funding, between 1935 and 1940.  It is one of  three main roads into Yosemite Valley, along with El Portal road… read more

Big Ridge State Park – Maynardville TN

“Big Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as an example of public recreation development along TVA lakeshores…. read more

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge – San Antonio NM

In 1936 the Bureau of Biological Survey (BBS) determined that Bosque del Apache site was suitable for a migratory bird refuge. Condemnation of the land was initiated through the 1931 Migratory Bird Conservation Act and concluded in December 1936. The… read more

Camas National Wildlife Refuge – Hamer ID

Camas National Wildlife Refuge lies in southeast Idaho along the Camas River and just west of the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.  Its 10,000 acres are half lakes, ponds, and marshlands and half grass sagebrush uplands, meadows, and farms.  It is… read more

Camp White Branch (White Branch Ski Area) – Willamette National Forest OR

Interest in winter sports, particularly skiing, grew in Oregon during the 1920s. Given the Willamette National Forest (WNF) management’s commitment to recreation and the availability of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) labor, US Forest Service Staff worked with local outdoor groups… read more

Campground Improvements – Rocky Mountain National Park CO

Entrance station at Aspenglen Campground - Rocky Mountain National Park CO

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made improvements to three of the existing campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park: Endovalley, Aspenglen and Glacier Basin.  These three were the most popular campgrounds at the time and their facilities were antiquated, so CCC… read more

Canton Creek Campground – Steamboat OR

Shelter, Canton Creek campground - Steamboat OR

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), working out of the Steamboat CCC Camp under the US Forest Service built four campgrounds nearby, including Canton Creek.  The campgrounds were all built sometime between 1933 and 1941, probably earlier than later in this… read more

Cape Perpetua Scenic Area – Yachats OR

West Shelter, Cape Perpetua Scenic Area - Yachats OR

After the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established a camp in 1933 at the foot of Cape Perpetua, the young men began to develop the area currently known as the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area for public recreational use.  Their projects included… read more

Carson River (East Fork) Erosion Control – Gardnerville NV

The Civilian Conservation Corps, in conjunction with the Soil Erosion Service (SES) / Soil Conservation Service (SCS) worked to conduct erosion control work on the east fork of the Carson River. The work involved straightening sharp bends and stabilizing the… read more

CCC Camp – Valentine NE

The Omaha World-Herald announced in the June 13, 1933 edition that Nebraska’s sixth Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp was approved in Washington D.C. and that it would be located near Valentine. Officials arrived in September to make arrangements for the… read more

CCC Camp and Nursery (former) – North Higgins Lake MI

Statue to CCC boys in front of CCC museum - North Higgins Lake MI

North Higgins Lake State Park near Roscommon MI is built on what was once the world’s largest seedling nursery, established by the Michigan State Forester in 1903.   December 5, 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established a camp at… read more

CCC Camp Belknap (former) – Willamette National Forest

Plaque Honoring the CCC Enrollees of Camp Belknap - Willamette National Forest OR

Contributing improvements in forest management and recreation development, CCC Camp Belknap operated in the Willamette National Forest for five years. From spring 1933 to summer 1938, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees strung phone lines through the forest, and constructed roads… read more

CCC Camp Benson (former) – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Benson State Park - once the site of CCC Camp Benson 

One of three Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps located in the Columbia River Gorge, CCC Camp Benson occupied what was then the City of Portland’s Benson Park between 1933 and 1935. Enrollees at this early CCC camp made significant contributions… read more