Los Alamos, New Mexico
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a Depression-era program designed to produce public works while providing much-needed jobs, training and work experience for men between the ages of 17 and 26. This peacetime army built character, taught discipline, provided financial stability, and prepared many for World War II. CCC Camp No. 815 in Frijoles Canyon opened in November 1933 and helped provide public access to Bandelier National Monument by building roads and visitor facilities. The enrollees worked on trails, landscaping, and archeological preservation, and also made furniture, tin table lamps, hanging light fixtures, and mirror frames, with designs that incorporated various Southwestern motifs. A $20,000 Save America's Treasures grant was used to identify and catalog the architectural finishes and furnishings created by the CCC craftsmen at Bandelier and other national parks.
Photo: CCC enrollees constructed and hand carved New Mexico-style furniture for park buildings.