Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What About the Bureau of Reclamation?

My recent book, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Building of Guernsey State Park, has brought some interesting questions. Here are a few things I have been asked as I promote and sell the book.

Did the Civilian Conservation Corps build the dam?
The answer is no, the dam, gates, gatehouse and powerhouse were built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.

When was the dam built?
Completed in 1927, 88 years ago. Appropriate for this post the dam was finished in July of that year.

88 years old this month and still looking super
Has anything been added since the CCC finished the park?

The answer is yes, but not as many things as some might believe. The two major additions after the CCC building of the park are the Sandy Beach area and the Long Canyon area. Of course many things have been updated but the park remains essentially the same as when it was built by the CCC in the 1930s.
No changes here, the wonderful Sitting Bull Shelter, off Lakeshore Drive

The book continues to sell beyond my grandest expectations, for which I am most grateful.
Click here to see the book link, and thanks

Selling so well that we went on vacation last week – I wish. But we did go back and enjoyed spending time with our Nebraska families.

The lake is low right now with the silt run but the Museum, picnic areas and trails are still as good as ever. Hope many can get out and experience the park this week. 
A view from the trail - Roundtop Mountain Trail looking toward Guernsey