- Grand Mesa, CO
- Site Type:
- Infrastructure and Utilities, Roads, Bridges, and Tunnels
- New Deal Agencies:
- Conservation and Public Lands, Work Relief Programs, US Forest Service (USFS), Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
- Quality of Information:
- Very Good
- Site Survival:
The Land’s End road up the western end of Grand Mesa was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933-34. The main builders were 200 veterans enrolled in the CCC, who worked out of a CCC seasonal tent camp at the foot of the mountain; so, the project was long known as “the Veterans’ Road”.
The road climbs up 9 miles up switchbacks to the rim of the mesa. The hardest section, from Wild Road picnic area to the top, was completed by U.S. Forest Service employees in 1934-35.
The road is still in use.
History placard at the site of Land's End Observatory (see photos)
Site originally submitted by Richard Walker on August 10, 2022.
Additional contributions by Joan Greer.
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