CCC program left mark all around Glenwood |

CCC program left mark all around Glenwood

In the 1930s, America was mired in a deep economic depression. As part of his New Deal program, President Franklin Roosevelt implemented government programs designed to create employment and to stabilize the national economy.

One program, the Civilian Conservation Corps, impacted Glenwood Springs enormously.

On Oct. 1, 1934, CCC Company 826 was established on what is today Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. The camp’s five barracks housed 200 men. The camp also contained a mess hall, recreation hall, bathhouse, latrine, headquarters building, library and Army garage.

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp 826 completed many projects during its years in Glenwood Springs, including improving Hanging Lake Trail, building a road on Lookout Mountain, improving the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport and erecting lift towers for the Red Mountain Ski Area.

For many men, the experiences of the Civilian Conservation Corps bettered their future. They and Glenwood Springs were never the same.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, located at 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. The museum’s winter hours are 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call 945-4448.

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