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Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

CCC Legacy

 
 
CCC Legacy Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin Craft, November 2, 2014
1. CCC Legacy Marker
Inscription.  

Maybe those mountains are hard to climb. Those trees so hard to cut.
But the air is pure, the water fine. And we're climbing right out of the rut....
For besides helping ourselves, you see. We are helping Mother and Dad.
- Robert L. Robeson, CCC Enrollee

The nearby plaque commemorates an amazing feat achieved by members of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the 1930s - construction of a telephone line spanning the entire width of Grand Canyon. One of the poles still stands behind this wall. Beginning in 1934, CCC enrollees worked through winter snow and summer heat to survey and clear a right-of-way roughly following the Bright Angel and North Kaibab trails. Supplied by pack mules, they set 592 galvanized pipe telephone poles and completed stringing the 18 miles (29 km) of copper-weld wire in 1935.

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The even stone wall on the canyon rim through Grand Canyon Village is a fine example of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Young men employed in the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Public Works Administration (PWA), and the CCC all built sections of the wall, completing
View of the Remains of a Telephone Pole and an Additional Nearby Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Stroud, July 1, 2006
2. View of the Remains of a Telephone Pole and an Additional Nearby Marker
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it in 1935.

At Grand Canyon, today's visitors still benefit from the labor and skills of seven CCC companies. During the Great Depression, these young men constructed trails, roads, walls, fences, reservoirs, fire towers, buildings, power lines, telephone lines, and more.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkCommunications. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
 
Location. 36° 3.43′ N, 112° 8.334′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. The marker is located on the Rim Trail, between the Grand Canyon and the Kachina Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trans-Canyon Telephone Line (a few steps from this marker); Bright Angel Lodge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Tovar Hotel (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Bright Angel Lodge (about 600 feet away); Lookout Studio (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named El Tovar Hotel (about 600 feet away); El Tovar (about 600 feet away); Buckey O'Neill Cabin (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
 
One of many remaining Trans-Canyon Telephone poles image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michelle Buchanan, February 20, 2022
3. One of many remaining Trans-Canyon Telephone poles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 12, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   2. submitted on January 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 22, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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Oct. 7, 2022