Near Orick in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The CCC at Prairie Creek
Company 1903 Comes to the Prairie
In October 1933, CCC Company 1903 moved from Hyampom, in Trinity County, to Prairie Creek. Along with the 113 enrollees were seven soldiers — three officers, three sergeants, and a cook — who would run the camp. The company set up wooden barracks and other buildings, all near the northwestern edge of the prairie, and went to work. Their area of operations stretched from the Little River (near Trinidad) all the way to the Smith River, east of Crescent City.
A Wide Range of Work
The crews of Company 1903 kept busy with many different tasks. They cleared debris from the roadsides of the recently completed Redwood Highway, cleaned up patches of rhododendrons and azaleas, constructed park roads, fought fires, and built several structures for various north coast state parks. Many members of the company were from the Bay Area, and during the workers’ off hours baseball teams representing Oakland and San Francisco competed to be “champs of the Camp.”
The C’s Lasting Legacy at Prairie Creek
At Prairie Creek itself, Company 1903 constructed the
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Gee! I wish those C’s would build me something too… like a little porch I could go under when it gets too sunny out. Here’s Samantha the salmon. [Coho (Silver) Salmon] She really travels — do you know where she goes? (Hint: it sounds like the name of the Civilian Conservation Corps workers.) Murray, by the way, is like an undercooked steak because both of them are pretty rare (hee-hee)
Now, let’s take a trip to the Redwood Room. I’ll show you the way if you look for me on the far wall.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️ series list.
Location. 41° 21.841′ N, 124° 1.387′ W. Marker is near Orick, California, in Humboldt County. Marker can be reached from Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway 1.1 miles north of Redwood Highway (U.S. 101), on the left when traveling north. Marker is mounted on the front (east) wall of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center, on Prairie Creek Road just west of Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orick CA 95555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison Grant Forest and Elk Refuge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Big Diamond (approx. 5.7 miles away); Captain Courageous (approx. 11.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 5. submitted on January 24, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 6. submitted on November 19, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.