• A Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Joe's Valley, Utah, 1934. This was the first CCC camp in Emery County, established in 1933, with over 200 CCC members. Courtesy of the Emery County Archives via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    • 1934
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    • Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Joe's Valley, south side of Seely Creek and west of Johansen's Cabin. This was the first CCC camp in Emery County, established in 1933 in Joe's Valley. Over 200 boys joined and 50 to 70 boys were from Emery County.... more
      Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Joe's Valley, south side of Seely Creek and west of Johansen's Cabin. This was the first CCC camp in Emery County, established in 1933 in Joe's Valley. Over 200 boys joined and 50 to 70 boys were from Emery County. A "spike camp" was built in Ferron Canyon. They built Skyline Drive between the Orangeville-Ephraim road and the Huntington-Fairview road. Photographs. less
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  • A “wash room” for the CCC in Camp Rock Creek, California, ca. 1933. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    Civilian Conservation Corps in California, Camp Rock Creek, wash room
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    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
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  • "Civilian Conservation Corps -- Ferron -- Camp F-11 Company 959 -- Group Gathering." 1935. Company 959 at the Ferron, Utah CCC camp, gathered together at their spike camp. Each company had a permanent base camp and a spike camp at the place of their projects. Courtesy of the Emery County Archives via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Civilian Conservation Corps -- Ferron -- Camp F-11 Company 959 -- Group Gathering
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    • Company 959 is gathered together at their spike camp. Each company had a base camp that was permanent and then a spike camp at the place of their projects. The boys were issued uniforms and had to wear them for morning ceremonies and other specific t... more
      Company 959 is gathered together at their spike camp. Each company had a base camp that was permanent and then a spike camp at the place of their projects. The boys were issued uniforms and had to wear them for morning ceremonies and other specific times, but while they were working, they could wear their T- shirts or no shirts, as some photographs show. Photographs. less
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CCC enrollees lived in wooden barracks buildings. The larger camps usually included a dining hall, a recreation building, administrative offices, a school house, and officer’s buildings. Some temporary or additional camps were rows of tents. The living conditions often proved to be difficult to adapt to for enrollees from cities.

Benefits associated with the camps went beyond just the salaries paid to CCC workers and sent to their families. The communities in which the camps were located also benefited from local CCC work. When camps needed to be closed or relocated, local politicians, who were aware of the camps’ popularity, often protested.

For many of the men in the camps, the CCC provided the opportunity for regular, high-quality food—a welcome change from living in communities stricken by the Great Depression. The hard physical labor labor involved in CCC work also improved their physical conditioning, while educational opportunities provided by the CCC gave them tools to improve their minds.