During the Great Depression, in an effort to put unemployed young men to back to work, the Civilian Conservation Corps was established. Camps were built throughout the United States where men participating in the CCC program lived while working on public works projects in the surrounding towns. There were several camps located in this area. A marker is all that’s left of the camp in St. George, near where the Red Hills Golf Course is today, a few buildings still stand along from a CCC camp along the banks of the Virgin River in Bunkerville near Mesquite and in Leeds, there are four structures still standing from the CCC camp that was built there.
The men of the CCC built projects throughout the area as well and if you know what you’re looking for, remnants of those can also still be found. The CCC cut steps into the walls of Navajo Canyon at Lake Powell to help the Navajo people who called the canyon home in the 1930s have better access to their homes. In the newly declared Gold Butte National Monument there are structures built to help water the cattle that grazed on the lands there. And in Zion National Park there are numerous improvements to trails and buildings that can still be seen and credited to the CCC.
The Washington County Historical Society has a great collection of easy to read articles on a number of the CCC camps and projects on their website at http://wchsutah.org/ccc/ccc.php if you’re interested in a little further reading.
I stopped by the remains of the camp in Leeds to capture a few Holga images for my ghost towns project just the other day. These are a few of the images I came back with.