Tioga Pass Comfort Station – Yosemite National Park CA

Tioga Pass comfort station - Yosemite National Park CA

This Tioga Pass comfort station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934.  It sits near the Entrance/Ranger Station at the east entrance to Yosemite National Park, which was built earlier.   The building is done in classic… read more

Tioga Road – Yosemite National Park CA

Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake - Yosemite National Park CA

New Deal agencies realigned and reconstructed 47 miles of the Tioga road from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass over the years 1933 to 1943.  They were not able, however, to complete the road down from Tioga Pass to Lee Vining… read more

Trail Improvement and Restoration – Yosemite National Park CA

Panorama Trail - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made many improvements around Yosemite National Park during its time there, 1933-42.  Enrollees worked out of two major hub camps and a dozen or so seasonal and ‘spike’ (temporary) camps. One of the typical activities… read more

Tumacácori National Historical Park: External Walls & Facilities – Tumacácori AZ

The Tumacácori National Monument was set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 to protect the ruins of the Mission of San Jose de Tumacacori.  In 1918, it came under the administration of the National Park Service and its regional… read more

Tuolumne Meadows Campground – Yosemite National Park CA

Entrance to Tuolumne Meadows campground - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the Tuolumne Meadows campground in 1933-34, according to a plan laid out by the National Park Service (NPS) and with financing from the Public Works Administration (PWA).  It is the largest campground in Yosemite… read more

Tuolumne Meadows Campground Comfort Stations – Yosemite National Park CA

Comfort station at Tuolumne Meadows campground - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the Tuolumne Meadows campground in 1933-34.  It is the largest campground in Yosemite National Park. The CCC enrollees also built three comfort stations for the campground, done in classic National Park rustic style of… read more

Tuolumne Meadows Campground Contact Station – Yosemite National Park CA

Contact station, Tuolumne Meadows campground - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the Tuolumne Meadows campground in 1933-34 and added a “contact station” or entrance station in 1936. The building is done is classic National Park rustic style, with massive boulder walls. An entrance kiosk has… read more

Tuolumne Meadows Sewage System – Yosemite National Park CA

Tuolumne Meadows - Yosemite National Park CA

In the late 1930s, the Public Works Administration (PWA) funded a new sewage collection and treatment system for Tuolumne Meadows.  It replaced the original septic tanks for the campground comfort stations and was extended to take in a broader area… read more

Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center (former) – Yosemite National Park CA

Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center (former) - Yosemite National Park CA

The Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a road crew camp mess hall in 1934.  Around 1980,  the National Park Service converted the building to a Visitors Center, replacing an older one… read more

Tuolumne River Bridge – Yosemite National Park CA

Tuolumne River bridge on Tioga Road - Yosemite National Park CA

New Deal agencies realigned and reconstructed the Old Tioga road from 1933 to 1943, from Crane Flat to Tuolumne Meadows.  An important element of the road project was the bridge over the Tuolumne River, just east of the Tuolumne Meadows… read more

Union Creek Historic District – Union Creek OR

Union Creek Lodge - Union Creek OR

The Union Creek Historic District on the upper Rogue River in Union Creek, Oregon, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places because it is a fine representative of a type of rustic resort popular in the early… read more

Utility Area – Rocky Mountain National Park CO

Utility area - Rocky Mountain National Park CO

The utility area is the principle maintenance station of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is located near the Beaver Meadows entrance at Estes Park CO. It is a large complex of functional buildings, including offices, shops, garages, and storage, centered… read more

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge – Valentine NE

Valentine Migratory Waterfowl Refuge was established in 1935 by an Executive Order of President Franklin Roosevelt.  Some 70,000 acres of land in the Sand Hills of Cherry County, Nebraska were purchased by the Bureau of Biological Survey “as a breeding… read more

Wawona Ranger Station Residences – Yosemite National Park CA

Former Wawona ranger residence - Yosemite National Park CA

The New Deal made possible the construction of a ranger station in the Wawona area, which was added to Yosemite National Park in 1932.  The ranger station complex includes two ranger residences and accompanying garages.  These buildings still exist, but are… read more

Wawona Road Completion – Yosemite National Park CA

Wawona Road with rock supporting wall - Yosemite National Park CA

New Deal agencies played a major role in the transformation of the narrow and dangerous Wawona wagon trail into a safe and comfortable route into Yosemite Valley. The route from the South Entrance to the Valley floor is 27 miles…. read more

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Decatur AL

The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge (WNWR) covers 35,000 acres  along the Tennessee River near Decatur, Alabama.  The Wheeler Migratory Bird Refuge was established by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to provide habitat for wintering and migrating birds… read more

White Narrows Site, Dam No. 1 and 2 – Moapa Indian Reservation NV

White-Narrows Dam No. 1 and 2, NV

The main purpose of these dams (and others) on the Muddy River is flood control and protection of downstream decreed agricultural land owned by the Moapa Indian Reservation and/or private water users in Moapa Valley. The White Narrows Dam No…. read more

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge – Indiahoma OK

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge began in 1901 when part of the Comanche-Kiowa-Apache Indian Reservation was set aside as a National Forest. The area was transferred in 1935 to the Bureau of Biological Survey to become a wildlife refuge under the… read more

Wickiup Campground – Malheur National Forest OR

Wickiup Campground from Forest Road 65

Wickiup Campground, located approximately sixteen miles south of Canyon City on the banks of Canyon Creek, is one of two campgrounds built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees from Company 1231, Camp Canyon Creek. Members of Company 1231 spent… read more

Williams Ranger Station – Kaibab National Forest AZ

Williams ranger station residence #1 - Kaibab National Forest AZ

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the original ranger station at Williams AZ.  A new main ranger station building and other structures have been added, but two CCC residences and barn/garage are still there (we are uncertain about the status… read more

Yosemite and Curry Village Improvements – Yosemite National Park CA

Yosemite Falls - Yosemite National Park CA

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees made many improvements at Yosemite Village and Curry Village at the east end of Yosemite Valley, in the heart of Yosemite National Park. At the time, these were known as the Old Village, New Village… read more

Yosemite Valley (Pines) Campgrounds Reconstruction – Yosemite National Park CA

Sign for North Pines campground - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) completely reconstructed the public campgrounds at the head of Yosemite Valley, which are today known as the North, Upper and Lower Pines campgrounds. There had long been camping all over Yosemite Valley, but it had… read more