Granite State Stories: N.H. men join Civilian Conservation Corps

  • “Work,” drawing in pencil and charcoal crayon on paper, showing Civilian Conservation Corps workers cutting down a tree, by George C. Soule (1914–2008), an artist with the CCC in New Hampshire, 1935–37. Courtesy New Hampshire Historical Society

Monday, December 18, 2017

In the spring of 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, hundreds of young men left their hometowns for Civilian Conservation Corps camps across New Hampshire.

This federal jobs creation program put unemployed men to work on conservation and infrastructure projects. They were paid $30 a month, part of which they were required to send home to their dependents.

In total, 37,000 Granite Staters served in the CCC before it was disbanded in 1942. They built or repaired dams, bridges, and roads, planted trees, constructed ski facilities including Cannon Mountain and Waterville Valley, marked hiking and bridle paths and fought wildfires.

Hundreds of campgrounds, hiking trails, and public parks in New Hampshire owe their existence to this program. Bear Brook State Park is home to the only surviving CCC camp in the state.

N.H. Historical Society