• "CCC boys surveying thinning area, Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota," ca. 1933. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    CCC boys surveying thinning area, Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota
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    • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
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    • Unrestricted.
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    • Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

  • "Civilian Conservation Corps employees threading pipe at Green Lakes State Park," 1930s. Courtesy of the Fayetteville Free Library via Empire State Digital Network.

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  • "The Civilian Conservation Corp, at work on the terracing of the Mountain Theater on Mount Tamalpais," 1936. Courtesy of the Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin Free County Library via California Digital Library.

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  • "Civilian Conservation Corps employees removing the original entrance road to Green Lakes State Park," 1934. Courtesy of the Fayetteville Free Library via Empire State Digital Network.

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    Civilian Conservation Corps employees removing the original entrance road to Green Lakes State Park
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    • 1934
    • Creator
    • Almquist, Arvin H., 1901-1959.
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    • The Almquist Green Lakes Collection contains photos of the building of Green Lakes State Park taken by the original park superintendent, Arvin H. Almquist. Caption reads, "Boys from The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) removing the Original Entrance... more
      The Almquist Green Lakes Collection contains photos of the building of Green Lakes State Park taken by the original park superintendent, Arvin H. Almquist. Caption reads, "Boys from The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) removing the Original Entrance road, probably in the Spring or Fall of 1934 after the Main Gate was built. less
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      This image has been dedicated to the public domain by the copyright holder. There are no restrictions on the use of this digital resource, but a citation including the collection, the holding institution, and the digital repository should accompany any further publication or distribution. Prefered citation for this material is as follows: "Almquist Green Lakes Collection, Local History Department, Fayetteville Free Library, http://nyheritage.org. less
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Thanks to the efforts of the CCC, recreation in state and national parks became more attractive to tourists. In 1935, the National Park Service oversaw the activities of 600 CCC camps that worked on developing both state and national parks. Small dams created lakes near campgrounds. The CCC built picnic areas, fireplaces, new park entrance stations, and new roads and trails that made the national parks more accessible.

The CCC men also built many basic tourist cabins as well as ranger stations and signage for the parks. In addition to developing the infrastructure for the parks, CCC park support activities also included cultivating plant nurseries and seed collection for revegetation. Hiking trails that are still in use today were originally cut by CCC men, including extensive work cutting granite blocks and laying trails in Acadia National Park in Maine.

The CCC completed the Colorado River trail in the Grand Canyon, along with many other structural improvements that are still in use today. These are just a few examples of the extensive work done in the national and state park system by the men of the CCC.