Colorado-Big Thompson Water Project – Grand Lake CO

Green Mountain Dam - Grand Lake CO

The Colorado-Big Thompson Project (C-BTP) is a massive water storage and transfer project for agriculture, cities and power generation. It involves dams and reservoirs on the west side of the Rocky Mountains’ Front Range to collect water from the upper… read more

Cooper Spur Trail Shelter – Mt. Hood National Forest OR

Cooper Spur Trail Shelter

As recorded in a discussion of the Mount Hood National Forest in the US Forest Service publication  The Forest Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps: 1933-1942: “The Cooper Spur Trail Shelter was one of several shelters built by the CCC… read more

Cove Lake State Park – Caryville TN

Cove Lake State Park, originally planned as Fort Mountain Park, was the third joint effort of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the National Parks Service (NPS). The initial 668-acre park was built along the… read more

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge – Ellsworth NE

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1931 under the Hoover Administration, but was not improved until President Franklin Roosevelt came into office in 1933. The refuge lies on the southwestern edge of the Sand Hills of Nebraska and… read more

Crystal Lake Recreation Area Improvements – Azusa CA

Crystal Lake Recreation Area in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains was improved by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the New Deal. The campground was one of perhaps twenty campgrounds built in the Angeles National Forest… read more

Deerfield Dam – Hill City SD

Several New Deal agencies contributed to the construction of the Deerfield Dam in the vicinity of Hill City and the Black Hills National Forest, SD. Construction began before the Roosevelt Administration, continued during the New Deal, and finished after World War II…. read more

Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel (former Sunset Tunnel; Wolf Creek Tunnel) – Timber OR

Dennis L Edwards Tunnel East

Originally named the Wolf Creek Tunnel, construction on this 800-foot long tunnel began in 1940 as one of the final steps in completion of the Wolf Creek Highway’s path through the Coast Range linking the Portland area with northern Oregon… read more

Desert Experimental Range Station Improvements – Pine Valley UT

In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed living quarters, roads, fences and a well at the Desert Experimental Range Station in Pine Valley UT. The station was established in 1933 by President Herbert Hoover, who set aside an 87-square-mile… read more

Eagle Creek Campground and Picnic Area – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Landscaped Pathways at Eagle Creek Campground

Although the Eagle Creek Campground opened as the first “auto camp” in the northwest region in 1915, Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) workers made significant improvements to the campground from 1934 to 1937. As early as August 1934, the Oregonian reported that “Eagle… read more

Eagle Creek Overlook Group Site – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Eagle Creek Overlook Shelter from west

In 1937, CCC workers from Camp Cascade Locks began improvements on recently acquired park land to extend the Eagle Creek campground and picnic area to the shores of the Columbia. These twenty-one acres were acquired to provide access to land… read more

Fall River Entrance Ranger Station – Rocky Mountain National Park CO

Fall River entrance ranger residence, Rocky Mountain National Park CO

In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed three buildings for what was then called the Bighorn Ranger Station at the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park – which was the original entrance on this side of the park…. read more

Fern Spring – Yosemite National Park CA

Fern Spring - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) landscaped Fern Spring, creating an attractive, naturalistic rock garden and planting a variety of ferns, wildflowers, and ground covers. A log guardrail was installed to define the parking area and log seats were placed in the… read more

Fish Lake Remount Depot/Fish Lake Guard Station Historic District – Willamette National Forest OR

Fish Lake Remount Depot Barn & Corral

By constructing several buildings and the necessary facilities for management of mules and horses, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers played an integral role in  transforming the Fish Lake Guard Station into the Fish Lake Remount Depot. To operate in the… read more

Fish Ponds – Rocky Mountain National Park CO

Sheep Lakes in Horseshoe Park - Rocky Mountain National Park CO

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was active in Rocky Mountain National Park during the whole of the program’s lifetime, 1933 to 1942.  There were four main camps in the park. The CCC participated in a fish-restocking program, which the National… read more

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge – Valentine NE

Fort Niobrara NWR – Valentine NE Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 by Executive Order.  The principal aim was to protect bison and elk herds which had dwindled almost to extinction under the pressure… read more

Friant Dam – Friant CA

Friant Dam

The Friant Dam is one of three major dams in the giant Central Valley Project in Northern California, along with Shasta and Folsom, built by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Initial funding for the CVP came through the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act… read more

General Improvements – Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks CA

A giant sequoia in General Grant Grove -Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks CA

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Parks were created separately, but because they are contiguous they are administered today by the National Park Service (NPS) as a single unit. Sequoia was the third national park, created in 1893, while Kings… read more

General Improvements – Yosemite National Park CA

The New Deal vastly improved Yosemite National Park in California, which has long been the showpiece of the national park system.  Several federal agencies operated in the park from 1933 to 1942, under the general supervision of the National Park… read more

Glacier Point Road – Yosemite National Park CA

Glacier Point Road at its mid-point - Yosemite National Park CA

The federal Bureau of Public Roads (BPR), funded by the Public Works Administration (PWA), built the 15.7 mile Glacier Point Road from Chinquapin Flat on the Wawona Road to Glacier Point, 1933-35. This project was part of a complete overhaul of… read more

Goosewing Guard Station – Bridger-Teton National Forest WY

Goosewing Guard Station dwelling – Bridger-Teton National Forest WY

In 1934-35, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers stationed in the Bridger-Teton National Forest constructed five new buildings to create the Goosewing Guard Station, including a central dwelling, two gashouses, a barn and a garage. Originally built as a winter shelter… read more

Grand Canyon Village Improvements – Grand Canyon Village AZ

CCC rock wall along Rim Trail - Grand Canyon Village AZ

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was extremely active in Grand Canyon National Park throughout the New Deal. The CCC enrollees worked under the direction of the National Park Service (NPS) and some of the projects were funded by the Public… read more

Guy W. Talbot State Park Improvements – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Guy W. Talbot State Park, also known as Latourell Falls State Park, entered the Oregon State Park system in 1929 when the Talbot family donated 125 acres of land adjacent to Latourell Falls. Significant development of the park, however, began… read more

Half Dome Climbing Cables Replacement – Yosemite National Park CA

View of Half Dome - Yosemite National Park CA

The Half Dome cables, originally installed in 1920 by the Sierra Club, were replaced and strengthened by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees in 1934. These cables allow thousands of people each year to hike to the top of this famous… read more

Henness Ridge Fire Tower – Yosemite National Park CA

Henness Ridge Fire Tower - Yosemite National Park CA

The Henness Ridge Fire Tower was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934.  It was actively used until 1966, but is now empty. The Henness Ridge Fire Tower was one of several fire protection buildings constructed in the… read more