The CCC at Cedar BreaksDuring the Great Depression of the 1930’s, a large percentage of the American working class struggled to provide food and shelter for their families. To help the country, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps. The CCC put young men to work improving on and restoring many public lands, including Cedar Breaks. Single men ages 18-25 could enlist in this peacetime army. In exchange for hard work, they received a roof over their heads and three meals a day. They also had the opportunity to learn trades and complete high school. All while earning a significant wage, ¾ of which was mailed to their families who often lived thousands of miles away. From 1934-1938, the CCC at Cedar Breaks created fences, roads, trails, overlooks, buildings, and campgrounds. Many of these are still in use today.
Last updated: October 9, 2018