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Guernsey State Park provides the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) work in the Rocky Mountain area. Take this tour to learn about the beautiful architecture and building built by the CCC, stop by the Guernsey Museum, witness the spectacular views at the Castle and Brimmer Point.
The planning and construction of Guernsey State Park was a first-of-its-kind cooperative venture between the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, and the Civilian Conservation Corps. This audio tour tells the story behind the creation one of the most significant Depression era parks in the nation.
An extensive network of trails was originally planned and partially built during the operation of the CCC camps. Ever since that time hiking and trail use has been a major feature at Guernsey State Park. Approximately ten miles of CCC trails have been restored on the park. Starting point for the trail system is at the Brimmer Point turnoff. The trail system consists of several loops which provide a variety of scenic views of the park, reservoir and the dam. Most of the trails are moderately physically demanding.
Wyoming State Parks Historic Sites & Trails is the sponsor of this tour. We’d also like to give a special thanks to our partner, Click Point Ranch, who produced the original CCC tour of Guernsey State Park.
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From this overlook you can see the remains of CCC camp BR-9 - one of two camps that housed CCC workers during the construction of the park's roads and facilities. Camp BR-9 was a community of more than 200 people. It was home to the 'enrollees', a term used for the young men who joined the CCC; supervisors and trainers; and 'LEMs', or 'local experienced men' - who worked with the less experienced enrollees and taught them work skills. Most of the camp's enrollees were between the ages of 17 and 25. However, if you look at the some of the old camp photos on display in the museum, you may guess that some were even younger. "When I enlisted in the CC's, I was 15 years old, and you should have been 17. But I was not the only young man in them CC camps. There were thousands and thousands of young kids that were 15, 16 years old." The enrollees often had little education and few skills when they arrived. Many were required to attend school while in camp - where they were taught mathematics, and how to read and write. The CCC also taught enrollees trade skills such as blacksmithing, stoneworking, and cooking. Besides learning new skills, enrollees were paid $30 a month, of which they were allowed to keep only $5. The remaining $25 was sent home to their families. When one looks out over Camp BR-9 today, it's easy to imagine the buzz of activity and the sounds coming from this bustling community of young men. Camp BR-9 contained a mess hall, sleeping quarters, library, school, blacksmith and mechanic shops, garages, and other buildings - everything the men needed to live and work. In their free time, they participated in a variety of sports and competitions, including baseball, football, and swimming. Because the CCC was set up as a cooperative venture with the military, the camps were modeled after military camps, and at first were run by military officers. BR-9 even had a military-style flag post and parade ground, where the young men participated in drill work and similar exercises. It's quite unusual to find remnants of a former CCC camp. The reason structures are still present here at BR-9 is because the camp was in operation when World War II broke out. With war declared, the CCC enrollees stationed at Camp BR-9 were quickly reassigned and shipped off to war before the camp was fully disassembled, and the site reclaimed.