Columbia Island Improvements – Washington DC

CCC boys on Columbia Island - Washington DC

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) did extensive improvements on Columbia Island in 1934-35. Construction of Memorial Bridge and the George Washington Parkway had made the island more accessible in the late 1920s.  A  HABS Survey describes the CCC’s work: “The… read more

Columbus Park Improvements – New York NY

Columbus Park, located in Manhattan’s Chinatown, was one of the city’s earliest major parks. By the early 1930s, it was quite rundown. New Deal programs greatly remodeled and upgraded the park and its facilities. In October 1934, the Department of… 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

Daingerfield State Park – Daingerfield TX

Daingerfield State Park, located in Morris County, Texas, is a 506.913-acre recreational area (including an 80-surface-acre lake), deeded in 1935 by private owners and opened in 1938. The park offers picnicking, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and nature study. The… read more

Devils Tower National Monument – Devils Tower WY

Devils Tower is a dramatic igneous rock formation rising 1,267 feet above the surrounding area. It and the surrounding area were declared a national monument in 1906. “From 1935-1938 a CCC camp was located there. Practically all the improvements on… read more

Dolliver Memorial State Park – Lehigh IA

“C.C.C. Company 2725 established camp DSP-3 (now SP-6) in Dolliver Memorial State Park on August 7, 1934, and immediately set to work constructing a series of barracks (Fig,.10) and a shop (Fig. 11). Aerial photography of Webster County from 1939… read more

Eastern Sierra Nevada Improvements – CCC Camp Galena – Washoe County NV

“As the demise of the CCC program neared, the Forest Service escalated CCC work along the eastern Sierra Nevada, in western Nevada. Still, the program at Camp Galena was modest in comparison to the large programs at Camps Paradise, Lamoille,… read more

El Yunque National Rainforest – Rio Grande PR

El Yunque National Forest, El Baño Grande Stone Bridge

In addition to the New Deal Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration ( PRRA), the PWA, CCC, and Puerto Rico Emergency Relief Administration (PRERA) all operated on the island as well. As on the US mainland, the CCC built many of the trails,… read more

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – Coral Gables FL

Miami and the surrounding Dade County were effectively without city or county parks until the 1930s.  The city got its first park in 1925, after which the city was devastated by a hurricane the following year. The county received its… read more

Fish Lake – Willamette National Forest OR

CCC crews built these cabins at small Fish Lake in the Willamette National Forest, in the vicinity of Bear Valley, Indian Creek, Mt. Washington, and Pioneer Ridge. (Note: this is a different Fish Lake from the CCC site in the… read more

Flandrau State Park – New Ulm MN

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the WPA built several stone structures that visitors can still enjoy today. The Wikipedia page for Flandrau State Park indicates that both the WPA and CCC engaged in extensive work in the… read more

Fontainebleau State Park – Mandeville LA

“On the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, this 2800-acre park encompasses the remains of a nineteenth-century plantation, Fontainebleau, named after the Parisian forest… The plantation was converted to a park beginning in 1938, one of Louisiana’s first state parks. Originally… read more