CCC retaining wall, Payson Canyon - Mt Nebo UT
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) made extensive recreational improvements on Mt. Nebo, the highest and southern-most peak of the Wasatch Mountains. The CCC teams worked out of three camps: F-9 at the south end of the Mt. Nebo Loop, F-3 at Hubble Canyon and F-40 near Provo, from 1933 to 1938 – and possibly to 1941 when the last camp closed.
After building the Mt Nebo Loop Road (Scenic Byway), the CCC enrollees created campgrounds, picnic areas and trails. Not all this work can be identified precisely, but some can be verified from reliable sources.
The CCC built an impressive rock retaining wall to hold up the Mt. Nebo Loop Road in Payson Canyon, where it is in danger of being undercut by Peteetneet Creek. The wall is roughly 200 feet long and 20 feet high.
This structure is clearly identified in the State Historic Preservation Office CCC database, on p. 95, which states that the wall was built in 1938 by CCC Company 958 working out of Camp F-40 in Provo.
Kenneth Baldridge, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2019.
Utah SHPO CCC Database, 3-29-2021, p. 95
Project originally submitted by Richard Walker on July 17, 2021.
Additional contributions by Joan Greer.
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