Possum Kingdom State Park – Caddo TX

With financing from the Works Progress Administration, the Brazos River Conservation and Reclamation District (now the Brazos River Authority) completed Morris Sheppard Dam in 1941 creating Possum Kingdom Reservoir. The district transferred 6,969 acres of land to the State of… read more

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park: Campground and Picnic Area – Orick CA

Stone stove at picnic area, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park - Orick CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made the first improvements to the newly-acquired Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  Company 1903 worked out of a CCC camp established at the north end of the ‘prairie’ at the present park entrance in 1933. … 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

Rim Village Historic District Projects – Crater Lake National Park OR

“The year 1933 brought many significant changes into the National Park system. Up until that time President Herbert Hoover saw to it that the national parks received their allotment requests for park operations and development. Budgets and staff for the… read more

Robbers Cave State Park – Wilburton OK

The Civilian Conservation Corps built recreation facilities at the Robber’s Cave State Park. “Located four miles north of Wilburton on State Highway 2, Robbers Cave State Park, originally Latimer State Park (name changed in 1936), encompasses more than eight thousand… read more

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area: Picnic, Camping & Other Facilities – Tucson AZ

Saguaro along trail in Sabina Canyon Recreation Area - Tucson AZ

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is in Coronado National Forest at the northeast corner of Tucson AZ.  At the behest of the city of Tucson and Pima County, it was developed out of former mining and grazing land in the Santa Catalina… read more

Sandisfield State Forest – Monterey MA

From the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation: Before 1935 York Lake did not exist. It is man-made. It was created out of a swampy wetland, built as part of the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a U.S. Federal… read more

Savoy Mountain State Forest – Florida MA

The CCC worked to develop Savoy Mountain State Forest during the 1930s. From the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs: “Savoy Mountain State Forest was created in 1918 with the purchase of 1,000 acres of this abandoned farmland…. read more

Scenic State Park – Bigfork MN

“Scenic State Park CCC/Rustic Style historic resources are located in two historic districts that include a public use area and service yard. The park contains ten contributing buildings and structures built among stands of virgin Norway and white pine on… read more

Sequiota Park – Springfield MO

WPA work on the park included “cleaning out the lake, building 3,000 feet of rubble masonry retaining walls, one foot bridge, repairs to fish hatchery, four new growing pools, repairs to superintendent’s residence, a new garage, five tourist cabins, construction… read more

Shakamak State Park – Jasonville IN

Shakamak is an attractive site today, but in 1930 when it opened as a state park, much of the parcel was a wasteland of abandoned strip mines. Shakamak State Park entered a new phase of development during the Great Depression…. read more

Shelton Wayside County Park (Shelton State Park; Camp Shelton) – Fossil OR

Shelton Wayside Park Entrance Sign

During the summer of 1935, the Oregonian newspaper announced that among Oregon’s 67 Civilian Conservation Camps that summer one would be located at Shelton State Park in Wheeler County. The 200 member work crew made improvements in the state park along… read more

Shenandoah National Park: Big Meadows Campground – Shenandoah National Park VA

One of the first CCC camps in the park, (Camp N.P.-2), was established at Big Meadows. Some of the CCC camp structures remain. The CCC also created many of the structures that make up today’s Big Meadows Campground. CCC works remaining… read more

Shenandoah National Park: Lewis Mountain Campground – Shenandoah National Park VA

“Located south along the drive from Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain Development Area sits on a plateau approximately 3,400 feet above sea level east of Lewis Mountain and consists of a picnic grounds, lodge and eight cabins (having 15 overnight units),… read more

Silver Falls State Park: Silver Creek Youth Camp (former Silver Creek Recreation Development Area) – Silverton OR

Bear Creek Cottage Unit at Silver Creek Youth Camp, Silverton OR

The early development of Silver Falls State Park can be credited to several of the New Deal programs. A significant portion of the land for the park was purchased by the federal Resettlement Administration (RA) c. 1935, and developed for… read more

Singletary Lake State Park – Kelly NC

“In 1936, through a federally financed work program, the National Park Service bought portions of the land surrounding Singletary Lake for a recreational demonstration project. One of two projects in North Carolina, the federal government purchased the land at an… read more

St. Croix State Park Improvements – Hinckley MN

Between 1936 and 1943, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) undertook construction and landscaping projects in St. Croix State Park.   St. Croix State Park was developed through a National Parks Service program, the Recreational Demonstration… read more