The Hiking Trail, Seven Springs 2017
@ellonikon @ellophotography @amateur_photography @backpackers
The CCC was Franklin Roosevelt's answer to the homeless, starving people suffering from the "Great Depression". The Civilian Conservation Core, whatever their faults and detractors, the workers (the core) built some very incredible structures, roads, outback posts, etc. My first contact with the CCC was when living on the ranch in Montana. I was twelve and prone to exploring. I discovered the abandoned mines, old gold mines mostly, but some were for copper and other minerals. Many of the mines operated in some form or fashion until the price of gold fell after World War Two. Two such mines, the Ohio and the Keating, are located in what is now called "Keating Gulch". Above the mines there was/ some were, many buildings not part of the mines. The structures were built by the CCC, who was building roads, damns, logging both for the buildings and sale to support the large group that was headquartered in the gulch. Not many stand today. Some of the roads, campgrounds and damns are still intact (in the area). One of the most celebrated campgrounds ever built by the CCC was Seven Springs, on National Forest, probably Mesa district (Arizona). The stonework was incredible, location excellent, and is in every guide book about Arizona. It's different now, two floods of major importance have change the campground drastically. Combine flood and tight Federal money with more national monuments, parks and a hiring freeze; does not look too good. I was able to grab some nice shots where the floods did not ravage the area. Trails, tables and general area were abandoned, looked like a year or more. So sad. I intend to shoot the whole area in detail soon...