Bryce Canyon National Park Improvements – Bryce Canyon UT

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon was originally designated as a national monument by President Warren G. Harding in 1923 and became a national park through an act of Congress in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres in south-central Utah. The New Deal greatly… read more

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor (Cape Sebastian State Park) – Gold Beach OR

View from Cape Sebastian State Scenic CorridorResize

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees began development of the 537-acre Cape Sebastian State Park as early as October 1934. The promontory, covered by spruce forest, offers striking views of the Pacific below. CCC workers developed the roads and trails necessary… read more

Castle Crags State Park Development – Castella CA

From 1933 to 1937, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers developed Castle Crags State Park for public use.  CCC enrollees from a camp at Castella built “the park’s roads, trails, infrastructure and buildings in the ‘park rustic’ style of native wood and stone.”… read more

Fort Mountain State Park – Chatsworth GA

Fort Mountain Stone Tower

Fort Mountain State Park in northern Georgia was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. Part of the Cohutta Mountain Range, the park gained its name for a stone structure located along a mountaintop in the area…. read more

Guernsey State Park Development – Guernsey WY

Million Dollar Biffy (outhouse) - Guernsey State Park WY

Guernsey State Park is built around the Guernsey Dam and Reservoir, constructed in the 1920s as a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation project along the North Platte River in  southeastern Wyoming. In the 1930s, the Bureau worked with the National Park… 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

Land’s End Observatory – Grand Mesa CO

Land's End Observatory - Grand Mesa C

In the 1936-37, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) helped the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) build the stone observatory (later visitor’s center) at Land’s End on the western tip of Grand Mesa. It was built in the Rustic Style popular in… read more

Moran State Park: General Development – Olga WA

Moran State Park: Mountain Lake - Olga WA

Moran State Park was created in 1921 when Robert Moran, shipbuilder and former mayor of Seattle, donated more than 2,700-acres to the state for a park. Like many state parks at the time, it was not well developed for public… read more

Oswald West State Park (Short Sands Beach State Park) – Manzanita OR

Cape Falcon Trail with view of Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park

Oswald West State Park, known for its quiet, secluded beach and its picturesque trail system, was established in the early days of the Depression. At that time, it was known as Short Sands Beach State Park. A Civilian Conservation Corps… read more

Roads and Trails – Petrified Forest National Park AZ

Support wall along Rainbow Forest trail - Petrified Forest National Park AZ

A major upgrade of facilities at the Petrified Forest National Monument (now National Park) was undertaken by the New Deal in the 1930s.  The work was carried out from 1933 to 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), under the… 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