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    Arches

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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?

John Wesley Wolfe

In the late 1800s, John Wesley Wolfe, a disabled Civil War veteran, and his son, Fred, built a homestead in what is now Arches National Park. A weathered log cabin, root cellar, and corral remain as evidence of the primitive ranch they operated for more than 10 years.