Civilian Conservation Corps

The Valley
8:51 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Red Canyon Fire Exposes Depression-Era Outhouse

A Depression-era outhouse still stands outside Glenwood Springs. The Red Canyon Fire came close to the structure, so fire crews protected it.
Credit Marci Krivonen

The fire that burned through 400 acres southeast of Glenwood Springs last week is is now fully contained. Many of the firefighters were reassigned over the weekend. The focus now is monitoring hot spots and maintaining a fire line containing the blaze.

As crews fought the flames they found a surprise beyond the big smoke plumes. An archaeological site above Glenwood Springs was literally unveiled by the fire. As crews hacked away at brush they found a depression-era campground built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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