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This collection of approximately 2,000 negatives shows work conducted on Washington State Parks by Civilian Conservation Corps workers, 1933-1938. Images include construction of picnic areas, campgrounds, kitchen shelters, bathrooms, caretakers’ homes, trails, and bridges, as well as CCC activities, camps, and daily life. Currently, 433 images from Moran, Lewis and Clark, and Deception Pass State Parks are cataloged. Images from Millersylvania, Riverside, Rainbow Falls, Carkeek, Denny Park, Mt. Spokane, Saltwater, Beacon Rock, Ginkgo, and Twanoh will be added as they are cataloged.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a public work relief program for unemployed men that focused on natural resource conservation from 1933 to 1942. As part of the New Deal legislation proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the CCC was designed to provide work for young men suffering as a result of the Great Depression, as well as to provide a natural resource conservation program on federal and state lands. Members would enlist for a duration of 6 months; living in camps, wearing uniforms and abiding by strict standards and discipline. In its duration, about 3 million CCC men worked in public lands across the nation. Many of Washington’s State Parks were built entirely by CCC men; creating one of the finest park systems in the country.
All notations are in English.
These images are open for research.
Digitization and cataloging by Sean Krier.
Preferred Citation: [Title of image], [date], [photographer if known], State Parks and Recreations Commission, Photographs of Park Development, 1933-1938, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov, [date accessed].
Source: State Parks and Recreations Commission, Recreation and Development, Photographs of State Parks and Park Development, 1933-1938, Washington State Archives. Original images held at the Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA.
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