Camps of California
California, between 1933 and 1942, hosted one hundred and sixty eight camps for Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees, of which there were thirty three thousand, six hundred. One hundred and twenty nine of the camps were on National Forests, and another twelve were on National Parks. Five worked on State Parks, and the final twenty two were on private land forests (PBS.com). One of those camps was the Humboldt Redwoods Camp, established in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The workers turned a fallen redwood tree that had cut off Highway 10 into a natural history exhibit. The camp was flooded out multiple times, and relocated to Stephen’s Grove camp, in Dyersville. California Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees also built the Mountain Theater, in Mount Tamalpaise State Park, a massive outdoor amphitheater. The Civilian Conservation Corps inspired the creation of the California Conservation Corps, a youth service program founded in 1976 that do similar work throughout California state parks (Parks.CA.gov).
A collection of photographs of the California CCC camps. All photos taken from California Parks and Recreation.