New Mexico New Deal Sites November 2018 - Photo #270 - Sandía Crest Trail Head

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Cibola National Forest Sandía Crest CCC Trailhead: Kiwanis Cabin, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), about 1300 meters down from the trailhead. "In the span of eight years, from 1933 to 1941, 54,585 Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees in New Mexico built hundreds of roads and rails, 795 bridges, 472 lookout towers large dams and reservoirs, installed millions of rods of fences and planted millions of trees for reforestation and to prevent gully erosion. When these New Mexico men joined the corps, along with 3.5 million other Americans, the country was in desperate straits. Close to 25 percent of the population was unemployed. Hunger and despair had become a way of life. A group of local corps alumni want to see a memorial CCC museum of national stature built on the site where CCC Camp 814 F-8-N Sandia Park once stood on a piece of land just off NM 536, the Sandia Crest Road. They want people to know what they accomplished in youthful days during the Great Depression. And they want today's youth to know that youth are a major asset to this country, just as the CCC men were when they were boys. The CCC was the greatest-ever conservation effort in American history."[1]
  1. Kiwanis Cabin - Sandia Crest New Mexico, U.S. Forest Service website, accessed 29 November 2018: "The cabin of local limestone was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) around 1930. The cabin was planned by a local Kiwanis group." Note: "1930" is a typo; the CCC did not exist until 1933.
  2. Welcome to the Sandía Crest, U.S. Forest Service: "Suggested hikes from Sandía Crest: Kiwanis Cabin via Trail #130 & #94—0.8 mile."
  3. Civilian Conservation Corps, Living New Deal website, accessed 29 November 2018.