Yerba Santa Amphitheater
Crystal Lake Recreation Area in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains was improved by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the New Deal.
The campground was one of perhaps twenty campgrounds built in the Angeles National Forest by the CCC. There are several rubble wall structures in the recreation area, including a stone bridge and trail walls, likely built by the CCC.
It appears that the marvelous Yerba Santa amphitheater is also a CCC structure. As one website about Crystal Lake explains:
“It was built a long time ago as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps projects back during the New Deal, as I’ve been told, though I really don’t know exactly when it was built. There are old time photographs of the facility on this web site….The Amphitheater is often used for lectures about the flora and fauna of the San Gabriel Mountains, as well as for discussions about the history of Crystal Lake Camp Ground. The structure is also used by Boy Scouts and other groups. In the Summer it can get pretty hot in the thing, but it’s a great place for night time gatherings.” (www.crystallake.name)
Further confirmation of these details is needed.
Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on March 18, 2016.
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