Saguaro Nat'l Park to honor Civilian Conservation Corps
Historians, exhibits will tell story of the CCC in Az
Saguaro National Park will celebrate the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps and its members' contributions to Arizona and the United States on Saturday.
The 3rd Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Recognition Day will include historians and speakers who will discuss the CCC's history, said Natalie Luna Rose, spokeswoman for Saguaro National Park, in a news release.
The event will be held at the Tucson Mountain District, 2700 N. Kinney Rd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission to the park.
Historical photos, camp newspapers, rosters, documents and books also will be on exhibit.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was established in the 1930s as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal projects to get people back to work during the Great Depression. Service jobs were provided to unemployed and single young men throughout the U.S to help improve state and county city parks along with recreational facilities, said Luna.
The National Park Service administered the program to improve state, county and city parks and recreational facilities.
In 1933, the CCC established a work camp in the Tucson Mountains where they built five picnic areas that included stone masonry rest rooms, ramadas, picnic tables and fire boxes, Luna said.
The picnic sites are called Sus, Mam-A-Gah, Ez-Kim-In-Zin, Cam-Boh and Signal Hill. There will be tours of the areas during the event, Luna said.
The picnic areas became part of the Saguaro National Monument in 1961.
"I think it was an exciting period in our history and it is a good thing to learn about and know about and it is similar to a lot of implications going on today including joblessness and the environment," said Philip Ben, a Ranger at Saguaro National Park and part of the event's committee.
"We've heard from a lot of families who've had members in it and talk about how they're relatives thought it was a great program," he said.
The park is hoping to gather photos and additional information about the beginnings of the Corps in Arizona. Anyone who served in the CCCs or their family members can contact Philip Brown at email@example.com, or call 733-5158.
"We are excited about getting the word out about this group and what they did in the 30s, we are still using a lot of the infrastructure they built and we are trying not to lose this part of history," said Ben.
For more information visit Saguaro National Park's website.