The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a National public work relief program. Operating from 1933 to 1942, it was organized to assist unemployed, unmarried men from relief families as part of the New Deal. The CCC provided jobs for these young men, helping families who were having difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression. In addition to jobs, it was designed to provide a natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Three million men participated in the CCC, providing them with shelter, clothing, and food, as well as a small wage of $30 a month, $25 of which was required to be sent home to their families.
The CCC was the most popular of all the New Deal programs. Benefits of working in the CCC included improved health, self esteem, and employability. The CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors as well as the need for a comprehensive national program for the protection and development of our natural resources.
There exists a long list of Arizona sites in which the men of the corps lived and worked. In this article we will mention only a few of those sites which are present today in Southern Arizona. While on your travels, you will see many positive instances of the presence of the CCC in our state. Enjoy! Read More