The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Lincoln

The work that the CCC young men accomplished has lasted to the present day, many times without us even realizing their hard work.  Campgrounds, lookout towers, roads, trails, fences, phone lines, planting of trees, bridges, erosion control dams to name but a few.  In New Mexico, by the summer of 1942 a total of 1111 bridges, 465 lookouts, 534 dams, 5938 miles of  fence, 1867 miles of phone line, 4,649 miles of roads were constructed and over 4 million trees were planted.

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From the Family of Ralph Cericola click here for a pictoral collection from the Mayhill CCC Camp.  A little about Mr. Cericola:  Ralph Cericola, along with most of the boys during the summer/fall of 1940, hailed from the streets of Philadelphia.  He came out to a whole new world amongst the Lincoln National Forest soaring above the desert SW.  We deeply appreciate the family of Mr. Cericola for sharing their memories and photos and taking us all back to a very different time.

Ralph and Babe Alteri  Mayhill CCC Camp Sign

If you or a loved one served in the CCC and would like to share your story, photos, or work done we would love to hear from you.  Please call us at 575-434-7200. 

On the Lincoln, some notable projects included:

Westside, Salazar and La Luz Canyon Roads
Gallinas, Monjeau, Mayhill, Wofford, Weed and Bluewater Lookout Towers
Mayhill Ranger Station Office and barn
Karr Canyon and Deerhead Campgrounds
Dog Canyon Trail
Phone line from Cloudcroft to Mayhill
2,200 masonry dams in Fresnal Canyon alone
Fire fighting
Counting deer during hunting season

In April of 1933 three new CCC camps were established in and around the Lincoln National Forest.  Capitan, Weed and Sacramento River were the first of a number of camps with each of these three sites holding 200 men each.  These camps initially used army tents as their living, eating and other quarters with the first permanent camp with wooden frames being established a few months later in La Luz Canyon.  The La Luz Canyon camp eventually consisted of 9 buildings, 4 barracks and a mess, recreation and admin halls as well as in infirmary.  When work required travel far away from the main camp, "spike camps" were formed where the workers would eat and sleep for the evenings.  These camps consisted solely of movable tents and moved where they were most needed.  

The source for much of the information here was compiled by both Mrs. Beth Mayhill and Mr. Ted Tidwell from newspaper articles from the local Alamogordo newspaper.  Many thanks to Beth Mayhill for her research in gathering the articles and to Ted Tidwell for compiling the information found within these articles.

CCC Camps

Camp Name Number Date Opened Date Closed Agency Oversight
Capitan F-17 April 1933 October 1934 Forest Service
Carrizzo DG-40    June 3 0, 1942 Dept. of Grazing
Cedar Creek F-24 February 1936 June 30, 1942 Forest Service
Corona F-41 Summer 1935 June 30, 1942 Forest Service
Crow Flats DG-69N   June 30, 1942 Dept. of Grazing
Dark Canyon F-37   June 30, 1942 Forest Service
Fort Stanton SCS-5   June 30, 1942 Soil Conservation Service
Fresnal (High Rolls) F-24   February 1936 Forest Service
La Luz Canyon F-28 December 1933 June 30, 1942 Forest Service
Mayhill F-32 November 1933 June 30, 1942 Forest Service
Geronimo   August 1933 June 30, 1942 BIA
Sacramento River F-16 April 1933 December 1933 Forest Service
Tularosa DG-39 July 1935 June 30, 1942 Dept. of Grazing
Weed (Bear Springs)   April 1933 October 1934 Forest Service
White Sands   September 1933 June 30, 1942 Park Service
* Rice Canyon F-16E Summer 1934 Fall 1934 Forest Service
* West Side Road       Forest Service

* Denotes a "spike"  or temporary camp.

CCC Camps - Map