Sign to Bear Canyon campground - Mt Nebo UT
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built Bear Canyon Campground at the end of Salt Creek canyon road, FR 048. CCC camp F-9 was located a few miles up the road and enrollees working from there are known to have built several campgrounds in the area. Bear Canyon campground has the telltale signs of CCC stonework.
The CCC probably built nearby Cottonwood Campground, as well, but it is more non-descript and may be a later Forest Service addition.
There are stone retaining walls along Salt Creek behind Bear Canyon campground, which might have been constructed by CCC teams — but a local resident thinks it was later work by the Forest Service. In any case, those walls have failed badly.
The campground was built some time between 1934 and 1938, when camp F-9 was closed.
Kenneth Baldridge, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2019. p. 74.
Project originally submitted by Richard Walker on July 15, 2021.
Additional contributions by Joan Greer.
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