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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Saguaro National Park

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a public work relief program  that operated from 1933 to 1942 for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families particularly devastated by the poverty of The Great Depression. Young men ages 18–23 many with 8th grade education, it was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal that provided unskilled manual labor jobs to help with conservation or development of natural resources in rural lands. In the Tucson area alone, CCC workers lived in temporary camps and created improvements in dozens of public land areas, including Saguaro National Park
They would work during the day and get an education in the evening with Sunday evenings for church.

I have spent the past few days going to classes to prepare to start working at University Medical Center for 7 weeks starting next week. During a break, I went for a walk. A lady at the front entrance did not speak English very well. She asked me to help her call a taxi while handing me her phone. She is from Syria and has been in Tucson four months. There is a large refugee community here in South Tucson.
A neighbor we had for several days would do volunteer work with the local refugee organization.

One of the CCC picnic sites that is still available for use. This day was a bit toasty to be in the sun for too long. 

The petroglyphs on the hill side. I kind of wonder what they were trying to say with the circles.

This national park is on the west side of Tucson with another section of Saguaro National Park on the east. 
With so much to choose from to do, we just pick something and go. I hope to spend and evening at the Kitt Observatory and do some volunteer work in Nogales before we leave. St Andrews Episcopal Church does free medical care once a month for children from Mexico. I will fill you in more on that in future posts.


  1. Great post about the CCC program!! Very nice blog set up and love the kayak picture on the header. Something Doug and I have always wanted to try!!

    1. Thanks, I always like to hear the story behind the history. The kayak picture was of our trip in the San Juan Islands. We have enjoyed following your tales and travels.