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Near Orick in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The CCC at Prairie Creek

 
 
The CCC at Prairie Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2014
1. The CCC at Prairie Creek Marker
Inscription.  
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
Marker detail: CCC Company 1903 Camp, Prairie Creek image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: CCC Company 1903 Camp, Prairie Creek
park’s campgrounds and picnic facilities and did roadside cleanup. Their most memorable contribution, however, is the building you are now standing in, which was originally designed as the park custodian’s lodge. According to the company reports, “This lodge was constructed entirely of material prepared and/or manufactured by CCC employees with the exception of the window lights, plumbing fixtures and flue.” The building’s roof beams and plank doors were hand-hewn; the interior walls and plank floor were made from hand-split boards; the stone fireplace, wood shingles, and slab steps were also handcrafted — all done by young men honing their construction skills who, while they learned, created a wonderful work of art.

[inset — bottom left]
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 Work
Marker detail: Custodian’s Lodge drawing, 1934 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Custodian’s Lodge drawing, 1934
Parks & 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).
 
Marker detail: Prairie Creek Visitor Center Construction image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Prairie Creek Visitor Center Construction
The CCC at Prairie Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 23, 2015
5. The CCC at Prairie Creek Marker
Prairie Creek Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 14, 2014
6. Prairie Creek Visitor Center
(marker visible on east wall)
 
 
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.
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