General Improvements – Yosemite National Park CA

The New Deal vastly improved Yosemite National Park in California, which has long been the showpiece of the national park system.  Several federal agencies operated in the park from 1933 to 1942, under the general supervision of the National Park… read more

South Gate Entrance Station – Yosemite National Park CA

Ranger residence at South Entrance - Yosemite National Park CA

In 1934, the Public Works Administration (PWA) funded the creation of the South Gate Entrance Station to Yosemite National Park.  This followed enlargement of the park by the addition of the area from Wawona south and was done as part… read more

Tioga Road – Yosemite National Park CA

Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake - Yosemite National Park CA

New Deal agencies realigned and reconstructed 47 miles of the Tioga road from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass over the years 1933 to 1943.  They were not able, however, to complete the road down from Tioga Pass to Lee Vining… read more

Tuolumne Meadows Campground – Yosemite National Park CA

Entrance to Tuolumne Meadows campground - Yosemite National Park CA

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the Tuolumne Meadows campground in 1933-34, according to a plan laid out by the National Park Service (NPS) and with financing from the Public Works Administration (PWA).  It is the largest campground in Yosemite… read more

Wawona Ranger Station Residences – Yosemite National Park CA

Former Wawona ranger residence - Yosemite National Park CA

The New Deal made possible the construction of a ranger station in the Wawona area, which was added to Yosemite National Park in 1932.  The ranger station complex includes two ranger residences and accompanying garages.  These buildings still exist, but are… read more

Yosemite and Curry Village Improvements – Yosemite National Park CA

Yosemite Falls - Yosemite National Park CA

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees made many improvements at Yosemite Village and Curry Village at the east end of Yosemite Valley, in the heart of Yosemite National Park. At the time, these were known as the Old Village, New Village… read more