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    From my father, John W. Johnson's, memories of Death Valley:

    "In April 1935, I first visited Death Valley National Monument, established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt soon after he assumed office.....The crew at the work camp was building the tent platforms, mess hall, latrine, tool house, and other structures in preparation for the moving of Company 908 from Lytle Creek to Wildrose Canyon."

    What follows are a few photo's I took about five years ago. The first is the 11,000 foot high Telescope Peak which towers above and south from Wildrose canyon. Then some photo's up canyon from the campground at the old garages and sheds and ranger cabin. In one photo, you can see the campground in the background behind the camp host's site.

    There is a photo of the Skidoo pipe section, behind which you can make out the trail across the landscape where the pipe lay on the surface.

    Then there is a shot of the road up to the Supervisor's cabin. This was built in about 1938 or so for use by the park supervisor. I do not know much about its history or demise, however, there is a water tank up a hundred or so feet above the cabin and the inscription tells who built it.

    The final shot is of the Sierra's which are across the Panamint Valley, the Argus Mountains, the Darwin Plateau, The Inyo Mountains, and Owens Valley. Whitney is to the left of center but back from the frontal peaks so it does not appear as the highest peak in the photo.

    The supervisor would have enjoyed a wonderful view.

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    Some more photo's
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    Very cool photos.

    I'd like to head up to Wild Rose and see the charcoal kilns, the view from Telescope Peak, etc. Perhaps the fall will be the best time to go.

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    A gorgeous view, and all that beautiful stone work - and no one there to enjoy it!? So sad. Guess we can enjoy your photos of it, instead.

    Can anyone tell me, if there is a guide to CCC camps. I think I know of one near me. No one here seems to know any more about it, though.

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    Nice to have an actual family account, really gives it a sense of place & time.

    Good shots too, thanks.

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    Default CCC Camps

    Quote Originally Posted by Helena of the Gila View Post
    A gorgeous view, and all that beautiful stone work - and no one there to enjoy it!? So sad. Guess we can enjoy your photos of it, instead.

    Can anyone tell me, if there is a guide to CCC camps. I think I know of one near me. No one here seems to know any more about it, though.
    Try this http://digilab.browardlibrary.org/cd...CISOSTART=1,21

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    Quote Originally Posted by windbreaker View Post
    Thank ya', kindly, windbreaker. That is a lot of info! Someone was up there in force, on that canyon above where I live. And it did not appear to be the usual mining or ranching. (?)

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