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CCC Work in ALASKA, WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA

 

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  The CCC also helped develop:

 

    Mt McKinley National Park, AK (now Denali National Park and Preserve):

Thanks to Jane Bryant, Cultural Anthropologist, and Jane B. Lakeman, Museum Curator, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK for the information about this CCC Camp.

There was one CCC Camp, AK-NP-1, in Mt McKinley National Park.   It was a seasonal camp that operated during the summers of 1938 and 1939.   The next two pictures are of the Bloody Bucket.   Officially it was the mess hall with a kitchen attached.   The first picture was taken in 1938, and the second picture was taken Nov. 10, 2009. NPS, Denali National Park and Preserve Museum Collection.

 

 

 

Vancouver Barracks, WA:

 

Vancouver Barracks camp was located on a military base, and was Headquarters for 30 to 40 camps in Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon.  Those camps used the Post Hospital to treat those seriously hurt or ill.  It also served as the Quartermaster unit so persons and supplies going to those camps passed through Vancouver Barracks.

 

 

Tuolumne County, CA:

Very helpful in obtaining this information were: Keith Behymer, Tuolumne Library; and Mary Jennings and Lisa Smithson of the Tuolumne Historical Society.

 

When gold was discovered in CA in 1849 the first miners picked up the gold that was on the surface, and later many mines were dug to harvest the gold that was underground.  Many mines remain in the county.  The first settlements were largely formed by ethnic groups as evidenced by community names such as Sonora (Mexican), Chinese Camp, and in order to build the towns, lumber was in great demand.  Therefore, saw mills were prevalent. 

 

Tuolumne County had 7 CCC camps - two were in Yosemite National Park (YNP) (see section on YNP).  The other 5 were at Tuolumne, Yankee Hill, Jupiter, Apple Colony, and Italian Bar.  The camp at Tuolumne occupied the old Pickering Mill buildings which is why the camp does not have the typical layout with 1 story structures.  It was identified as project F-388.  Company 911 arrived October 15, 1939 and later Company 1954 arrived November 1, 1941.

 

Peter Epolito, a farm boy from near Buffalo, NY, was one of the boys that worked from Camp Tuolumne.

 

but it was not all work!

 

Yosemite National Park, CA:

Very helpful in obtaining this information was Linda Eade, curator at Yosemite National Park.

 

There were 10 CCC camps in Yosemite National Park.  Two of those camps (NP-20 and NP-21) were there for most of the 9 year CCC program life.  The other 8 were seasonal, only working there during the warm summer months.

 

County

Camp

Camp Name

Time Frame

Companies

Mariposa

CA-NP-15

Wawona #1

summer 33, 34

915, 529

Mariposa

CA-NP-16

Wawona #2

summer 33, 34

942, 530

Tuolumne

CA-NP-17

Crane Flat YNP-3

8 summers

576, 1551, 1978, 2926, 1952, 5434, 5490

Mariposa

CA-NP-18

Eleven Mile Meadow

summer 33

577

Mariposa

CA-NP-19

Merced Grove

summer 33, 34, 35

578, 921, 1901

Mariposa

CA-NP-20

Cascades

11/1933 - 7/1942

942, 3805

Mariposa

CA-NP-21

Wawona #3

10/1934 - 11/1941

529, 916, 2548, 487

Tuolumne

CA-NP-22

Middle Fork -YNP-8

6/1938 - 5/1941

904, 5434, 916, 5490, 5494

Mariposa

CA-NP-23

Tamarack Flat

summer 39 & 40

911, 2927, 5491

Mariposa

CA-NP-24

Empire Meadows

summer 39 & 40

1912, 1952, 5494

 

   last updated July 17, 2008 by Owen P. Lee