From the Vault: Starting camp on Woody Creek |

From the Vault: Starting camp on Woody Creek

Tthe CCC camp at Woody Creek, 1934. The man with his arm on the platform is Maynard Happe.
Aspen Historical Society |

“Work starts at CCC camp near Lenado,” announced The Aspen Times on May 10, 1934. “With the camp personnel at full strength, the Civilian Conservation Corps camp on Woody Creek, near Lenado, this week settled down to the work at hand. The first project tackled was the widening and improvement of the road from the station at Woody to the camp, seven miles away, which has been started. As soon as this work is well underway, other projects scattered throughout the nearby sections of Holy Cross National Forest will be undertaken. Some of the more important ones include repairing the trails and shelter house on the Mount of the Holy Cross, a hang-over from the work at Camp Tigiwon last year, eradication of poison hemlock and larkspur near the present camp, fence building and the construction of a recreation camp below the Kate Lindvig ranch on Snowmass Creek. The latter project will also involve the repairing of the trail up to Snowmass Lake. The Pitkin County camp, officially Camp F 35-C, was visited Sunday by a number of Aspen people, who were very favorably impressed by the cordiality with which the men received the visitors and escorted them throughout the camp. Of the 213 men assigned to the camp, 56 are from Texas and 104 from scattered points throughout Colorado. Three places remain to be filled.” The photograph above shows men working at the Woody Creek CCC camp, circa 1934.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at

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