Kyle Canyon ViewView of Kyle Canyon, Spring Mountains, west of Las Vegas, Nevada with Mount Charleston in background.
“The Forest Service’s CCC program blazed new roads and trails into prospective campgrounds, existing mines, or susceptible fore zones. The Forest Service with its ample staff of engineers and natural resource specialists provided technical expertise for CCC projects. Similarly, the technical staff assisted the Soil Conservation Service by supervising construction activities on southern Nevada flood-control projects in the lower Moapa Valley, Panaca, and Caliente.
Similarities in construction and design in different forests are no coincidence. Most early ranger stations, roads, and campgrounds were built according to standard regional plans prepared by architectural engineer George Nichols in Utah. After 1938, a manual with standard plans and modifications was compiled by officials in Washington, D.C. Although rustic designs using logs were popular in forests across the nation, Nevada’s ranger stations were usually simple wood-frame buildings with stone or concrete foundations. The exteriors were clad with drop siding and green wood trim. Today these buildings retain their original appearance, although the white buildings we see today were originally a sage-green color.
Nevada’s first Forest Service CCC camps were established in Lamoille Canyon and Berry Creek, both in northeastern Nevada, and at Kyle Canyon on Mount Charleston, near Las Vegas. Similar to Camp Hawthorne, the first Forest Service camps were predominantly filled with Nevada men. Of the 225 men at Camp Berry Creek, at least 200 were White Pine County residents. Elsewhere, the original 36 men sent to build Camp Charleston Mountain were southern Nevadans.”
–The Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada
Renee Corona Kolvet and Victoria Ford, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada: From Boys to Men. University of Nevada Press, 2006. Pgs. 120-121.
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