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Civilian Conservation Corps Historic Sites Tour in the Tucson Mountains
April 15 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join archaeologists Ron Beckwith and Bill Gillespie in Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Civilian Conservation Corps Historic Sites Tour in the Tucson Mountains” on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This tour will be starting at Saguaro National Park’s Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson. The requested donation is $35 ($28 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum members), which covers all entry fees and helps support Old Pueblo’s education programs about archaeology and traditional cultures.
The US Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary public work relief program established in 1933, during the administration of President Franklin Roosevelt, to provide Depression-era jobs for unemployed, unmarried men ages 18 to 25. The CCC taught job skills to thousands of young men assigned to CCC camps throughout the nation that were run by the US Army. Enrollees constructed hundreds if not thousands of land-conservation features as well as distinctive and beautiful architecture before the program ended in 1942. This tour will visit Camp Pima (the better preserved of the two camps for CCC enrollees in the Tucson Mountains) and CCC-constructed features in the Ez-Kim-In-Zin, Signal Hill, and Sus picnic areas in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountains Unit. If time permits, we also will view the CCC-constructed Speakers Rock, Cheops Amphitheatre, and other structures nearby in Pima County’s Tucson Mountain Park. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.
Donations are due 10 days after reservation request or by 5 pm Monday April 10, whichever is earlier: 520-798-1201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: CCC-constructed masonry building in the Ez-Kim-In-Zin Picnic Area, photo courtesy of The Living New Deal (https://livingnewdeal.org)