• South Window

    Arches

    National Park Utah

Arches CCC Photos

While watching Ken Burns' documentary about the National Park Service, America's Best Idea, Shelia Bumgarner was struck by an idea of her own: "I wonder if Arches National Park would be interested in Daddy's old photos?"

Shelia's father, Dorris "Doc" Bumgarner, was stationed at the Arches CCC camp from 1939 to 1941. He captured dozens of moments of camp life on grainy, black and white film: raising the flag, building a bridge, and just plain ol' goofing around. Shelia generously donated scans of the photos, as well as some original prints, for the park to share with researchers and visitors. Enjoy this glimpse into Arches' past.

 

Did You Know?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon trees do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new trees instead of a quick meal.