This month, LND Researcher-at-Large Evan Kalish brings us a unique memorial from the high desert of Nevada. The Rock Creek Fire Monument was erected to honor five members of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 1212, Paradise Camp F-5, who gave their lives “for the conservation of Nevada’s natural resources.” The men were fighting fires in the hills outside the community of Orovada on July 28, 1939, when weather conditions turned against them.
Nevada was among the later states to reach 100 projects posted to The Living New Deal; Evan first learned of the monument as part of a personal research effort to reach that milestone. Evan writes: “I originally read a story about the monument and posted it in Jan. 2015. At the time there was only one tiny image of the memorial online, and location details were limited. So it was fortuitous that last summer , during a 1,600-mile drive visiting remote post offices across northern Nevada, I spotted this stone structure at a rest stop, thought ‘something about this feels familiar,’ pulled over… and there it was! I was ridiculously excited to have rediscovered this piece of history. The project is now precisely mapped on LND.”
Dozens of the 121 New Deal projects in Nevada presently posted to our website document the conservation and development activities undertaken by the men of the CCC across the lonely landscapes of the Silver State.