CCC Camp Silver Creek Falls (former) – Silverton OR

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Silver Falls State Park’s current North Falls day-use and group camp contains the site that once served the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp Silver Creek Falls. CCC enrollees occupied this site from 1935 through 1940, working to improve the state park established in 1933.

The first company of CCC enrollees to arrive included 215 young men, mostly from Illinois. The Oregonian reported that their quarters were completed at a cost of $10,000. Later enrollees arrived from Tennessee.

As acknowledged on the plaque marking the site: ” The young men of Camp Silver Creek Falls constructed trails, roads, bridges, buildings and planted thousands of trees. The South Falls Lodge stands today as a testament to the craftsmanship of their work. They also built Camp Silver Creek and Camp Smith Creek, two Recreations Demonstration Areas that became boys and girls summer camps. Camp Silver Creek is still in use today by the Salem YMCA and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with South Falls Day Use Area.”

 

Source notes

"Captain to Succeed CCC Camp Executive," Oregonian. August 1, 1935.

"CCC Arrive from South; More Coming," Oregon Journal. October 11, 1937.

"CCC Company Arrives at Silver Creek Park," Oregonian. June 9, 1935.

"Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Silver Creek Falls - State Park No. 9." Plaque erected in 2007 by the National Association of Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Chapter 4; the Friends of Silver Falls and Silver Falls State Park. Located at North Falls Day-Use and Group Camp, Silver Falls State Park OR.

Project originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on February 9, 2022.

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Location Info


20024 Silver Falls Highway
Sublimity, OR 97385

Location notes: Silver Falls State Park's official address is shown above. To reach the site of the former CCC camp, take Highway 214 north to the North Falls day-use and group camp.

Coordinates: 44.888063249931946, -122.63145697318754

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