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Bandelier To Unveil Statue Honoring CCC Workers

on October 9, 2016 - 11:14am
CCC enrollees at Bandelier working in the stone quarry that is now the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, where the CCC Worker Statue will be installed. Courtesy/NPS
 
CCC enrollees at Bandelier working in the stone quarry that is now the amphitheater at Juniper Campground, where the CCC Worker Statue will be installed. Courtesy/NPS
 
BANDELIER News:
 
During the Great Depression, young men all over the country got badly-needed jobs with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), learning skills, doing civic improvements and protecting resources. One of the camps was at Bandelier National Monument, where the enrollees built the road into the canyon, hand-made the handsome Pueblo Revival stone buildings, and worked on the trails and other projects that contribute to the park's unique character.
 
To honor those hard-working young men, Bandelier is having a dedication event at 10 a.m. Oct. 14, when a CCC Worker Statue representing one of the enrollees will be unveiled. It will be located in the Juniper Campground amphitheater, which was the quarry where the workers got the stone for the distinctive park buildings. The statue is CCC Worker Statue #67, the third one in New Mexico; the others are at Elephant Butte Lake State Park and on the Capitol Grounds in Santa Fe.
 
During the dedication, Park Superintendent Jason Lott and Executive Director Kathy Flynn of the National New Deal Preservation Association will speak. Afterward, the Friends of Bandelier will provide hamburgers and hot dogs (donations accepted). At 1 p.m, the park's Preservation Specialist, JT Stark, will do a wall-plastering demonstration on the Visitor Center, which is one of the historic CCC buildings.
 
Those wishing to attend should pick up the 9:00 or 9:30 AM park shuttle at the White Rock Visitor Center and get off at the stop at the amphitheater parking lot. It is possible to drive to that parking lot, but space is very limited.
 
For more information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517.  For general information, the park also has a website, www.nps.gov/band, and a Facebook page, BandelierNPS.

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