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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?

Detail of petroglyph panel

Native Americans never inhabited Arches on a year-round basis, though they certainly roamed the area searching for wild game, useful plants and rocks for tool-making. Petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch are thought to have been created by Indians from the Ute/Paiute cultures. More...