CCC Camp Benson (former) – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Benson State Park - once the site of CCC Camp Benson 

One of three Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps located in the Columbia River Gorge, CCC Camp Benson occupied what was then the City of Portland’s Benson Park between 1933 and 1935. Enrollees at this early CCC camp made significant contributions… read more

CCC Camp Wyeth / Cascade Locks (former) – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

CCC Wygant Park, Side Camp at Wyeth OR - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Located approximately five to seven miles east of Cascade Locks, CCC Camp Wyeth/Cascade Locks (Camp F-7) was one of the longest operating Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the Columbia River Gorge. The US Forest Service’s Wyeth Campground currently operates on… read more

Eagle Creek Campground and Picnic Area – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Landscaped Pathways at Eagle Creek Campground

Although the Eagle Creek Campground opened as the first “auto camp” in the northwest region in 1915, Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) workers made significant improvements to the campground from 1934 to 1937. As early as August 1934, the Oregonian reported that “Eagle… read more

Eagle Creek Overlook Group Site – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Eagle Creek Overlook Shelter from west

In 1937, CCC workers from Camp Cascade Locks began improvements on recently acquired park land to extend the Eagle Creek campground and picnic area to the shores of the Columbia. These twenty-one acres were acquired to provide access to land… read more

Guy W. Talbot State Park Improvements – Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Latourell Falls in Guy W. Talbot State Park - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area OR

Guy W. Talbot State Park, also known as Latourell Falls State Park, entered the Oregon State Park system in 1929 when the Talbot family donated 125 acres of land adjacent to Latourell Falls. Significant development of the park, however, began… read more

Toothrock Tunnel on Columbia River Highway – Bonneville OR

The US Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) built the Toothrock Tunnel No. 4555  on the Columbia Gorge Highway near Bonneville, Oregon. Heading east on Interstate-84, as one approaches the Bonneville Dam, vehicles pass through an 837-foot, semicircular bore into Tooth… read more