Finding History in CSP
The Civilian Conservation Corps created the foundation for tourism in South Dakota and the Nation. Rediscovered plans, blueprints, and documents for the CCC projects in Custer State Park, and nearby areas, illustrate the extent of the work carried out by these men.
Rolled in bundles and folded in boxes these are invaluable puzzle pieces in the park's history. Some of these blueprints and drawings may be reproduced and displayed for museum visitors. The stone bridge plans, camp landscape drawings and hand drawn maps that date in the 1930s, would at the very least start a conversation or two.
The process of digitizing the many pieces found has begun. This will make research easier and printing possible. Specific camps and/or companies are noted on most items and will be organize accordingly. Originals found in various locations in Custer State Park can now be safely archived and preserved for future generations.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum of South Dakota is most grateful to Custer State Park for allowing us to participate in this important and ongoing project. We are eager to see what we find next!
Addition information about the projects in Custer State Park can be found on this page.