(nr Cuchillo NM)
While exploring the area, I came upon the ruins of a CCC Camp from the 1930s. My research indicates it was likely the Davis Well camp that was located northwest of town.
As you may know, the Civilian Conservation Corps was an agency created to deal with widespread unemployment during the Great Depression. It focused on improving employability skills and completing infrastructure projects on public lands across the country.
Remnants of these camps can still be found, as this one. Examples of CCC works are still present in our national parks, forests, monuments, BLM and state lands today. It turned out to be a pretty successful program.
Camp: BLM-Greasewood Rd boondock
Scene: Ruins, desert, camp
How far are you off of the roads to the CCC camp / Davis well ruins?
The CCC site was about 2 miles off the paved road down a decent gravel road. The ruins are right by the road. If you go, be careful as shortly after the ruins the gravel road is collapsed into a deep wash. It’s not marked or blocked, so very dangerous. There’s no camping anywhere near the ruins.
I’m a CCC fan and read and visit all I can on the subject. What a great program it was. I think we need another such program today for our wayward youth. Thanks!
Nice to know someone else has an interest in history. They accomplished a great deal. Thanks for the comment Norm.
Cool about the CCC. I had a couple of relatives in Iowa who worked in the CCC and helped build Backbone State Park in NE Iowa. That project went from 1933 to 1941. They have a trout stream that I fish all these days later. Fascinating stuff! That was a great way to get some things done during economic difficulties.