The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), one of the most successful of all New Deal programs, was heavily involved in creating and improving the infrastructure of Glacier National Park.
Between 1933 and 1942, a total of thirteen CCC camps were located on both sides of the Continental Divide that bisects the park roughly from north to south. CCC-I.D. (Indian Division) camps also existed along the eastern edge of the park on the Blackfeet Reservation.
CCC "boys" were employed in fighting forest fires and clearing areas of burned trees, clearing brush and debris, sawing logs, creating trails, building fire lookout towers, constructing Park Service buildings, assisting with bridge construction, and building phone lines to connect east and west sides of the park.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited in August 1934 and gave one of his famous radio "fireside chats" from the park, in which he praised the efforts of the CCC in helping improve the country's national parks. Chapters examine CCC camp life, the nature of the work carried out by the CCC boys, structures built in the park by the CCC, and FDR's visit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
David R. Butler retired in 2019 as the Texas State University System Regents’ professor of geography, and a university distinguished professor, at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He was a geography professor for thirty-seven years, the last twenty-two of those at Texas State University. He was a red bus “Gearjammer” in Glacier Park during his college days in the summers of 1973 and 1974 and has conducted research there since 1975. He has written two books on Glacier National Park, including Fire Lookouts of Glacier National Park in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.