Public Invited to Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Annual Picnic

Release Date: Aug 1, 2018  

Contact(s): Sweet Home Ranger District, (541) 367-5168


The Willamette National Forest is hosting a public potluck picnic in celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2907 (CCC).  The event will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at historic Longbow Organization Camp. The celebration will begin at 11:00 am with a flag colorguard opening the ceremony, and a potluck-style lunch at 12:30 pm.  Please bring a potluck dish assigned with last names beginning with A-H a hot dish, I-P a salad, and Q-Z a dessert. Plates, utensils, napkins and beverages will be provided.

“We look forward each year to hosting original members of the CCC Company 2907 and their families at this annual picnic which highlights their valuable contributions including the construction of Longbow Organizational Camp in the 1930’s,” said Nikki Swanson, District Ranger for the Sweet Home Ranger District. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos, news clippings, and other memorabilia from the CCC years to share during the event.

Longbow Organization Camp is located 23 miles east of Sweet Home via Highway 20, turn onto the Gordon Road (2032) after milepost 46 and continue for almost two miles.  Those in need of transportation to and from Longbow should call ahead to reserve a seat with the Sweet Home Ranger Station, located at 4431 Highway 20 in Sweet Home, the shuttle will leave at 9:30 am.

Company 2907, formerly Company 1314, was organized in 1933. The members moved to Camp Cascadia, located along the South Santiam River east of Sweet Home, in 1934. While working in the Willamette National Forest, Company 2907 built 35 miles of forest roads and 80 miles of trails; installed 17 miles of telephone lines; built 6 fire lookouts and 8 bridges; landscaped 4 acres of grounds near the Cascadia Ranger Station; constructed 2 large dwellings, an office building and a gas and oil station; and constructed House Rock, Fernview, and Trout Creek Campgrounds. The men also spent over 7,000 days fighting wildfires. Many of the Company’s members stayed in Oregon, and have since become important figures in our local communities.

For more information and to make transportation reservations, please contact the Sweet Home Ranger District at (541) 367-5168.