• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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Civilian Conservation Corps Photographs

From 1934-37 and 1940-42, the Civilian Conservation Corps operated a camp in the Chisos Basin, developing facilities for the future national park.

At any one time, as many as two hundred young men between the ages of 18-25 worked, and played, in what is now Big Bend National Park. Their contribution to the infrastructure of the park was a critical step in the establishment of the national park here.

These photographs capture the life and work of the boys who served in the camp.


Did You Know?

Fur trading at Johnson's Ranch

Border trading posts were located on the Texas side of the Rio Grande because it was easier to obtain supplies from the United States markets. These operators not only sold merchandise but purchased products from their customers who could, in turn, purchase store items as needed. More...