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Arizonans, like all Americans, were badly hurt by the poor conditions during the Great Depression of the 1930s. While many families struggled for employment, food, and housing, federal programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps not only provided jobs to willing Arizonans, it allowed them to build the foundation the state needed to continue growing. The CCC contributed many community essential canals, parks, roads, trails, and telephone lines. Their work remains in many sites today, including Papago Park, South Mountain Park, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, and Grand Canyon National Park. Look around next time you’re enjoying the shade at a park – you could be sitting under history.
- According to one estimate, Arizona received $342 million of federal money from 1933 to 1939, and only paid $16 million in taxes.
- Between 1933 and 1942, CCC enrollees strung 3,559 miles of telephone wire, built 512,093 erosion control check dams, and planted 7.4 million trees.