Hoover Dam and CCC camp photographs. Civilian Conservation Corps.

Hoover Dam and CCC camp photographs

[Boulder City, NV]: (c.1940). 62 black and white snapshots [9 cm x 7.5 cm] / [3.5" x 2.5"] all are have an ink notation in the border, '1939 Nev CCC' or '1940 Nev CCC'. Item #6468

Nice collection of views documenting CCC camp life near Hoover [Boulder] Dam. Images of the Dam from different vantage points, the living quarters of workers in Boulder, and some of the workers.

“To accommodate the influx of tourists, new park facilities were in demand. With CCC labor, the NPS developed beaches and outdoor facilities in three different areas of the Boulder Dam Recreational Area (later subsumed by Lake Mead National Recreation Area): Hemenway Wash near Boulder City, Overton Beach, and Pierce Ferry in Arizona. The park service’s CCC program accomplished its goals. NPS director Arno Cammerer was pleased with the ‘fine cooperation from the Civilian Conservation Corps.’ Enrollees and staff from the Boulder City and Overton camps provided the main labor force for the new recreation area. In addition to building campgrounds, other ancillary tasks needed their attention. For example, grading and sanding the bathing beach (now Boulder Beach) in Hemenway Wash was greatly appreciated by local residents. To transform the stony slope into suitable beach, a half-mile-by-seven hundred-foot swath (on each side of the highway) was graded, leveled, and sanded. The CCC built bathhouses and floating boat and swimming docks and created a desert oasis by planting lawns and trees in the new campground. Boulder City enrollees also built the natural rock wall at the Lake Mead Overlook, a few miles west of the dam, so visitors could enjoy a breathtaking view of the new lake. When a skilled stonemason was laid off after building the first fifty feet of rock wall, enrollees completed the project.” –The Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada.

Price: $400.00

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