Fall River Bridge, Spanning Fall River on CCC Camp Road, Ashton, Fremont County, ID
Significance: The Fall River Bridge is extremely significant as the only known example of a timber Howe pony truss remaining in Idaho. It represents, in fact, one of the few survivals of this bridge type in the Northwest region. The striking design of the bridge - a solidly-built superstructure set off by massive stone masonry piers, contributes to its unique character.
Survey number: HAER ID-6
Building/structure dates: after 1930 Initial Construction
Franklin Roosevelt faced a problem when the Great Depression put millions of able-bodied men out of work. His response included national service programs like the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps. He believed that this civilian “tree army” would relieve the rural unemployed and keep youth “off the city street corners.” Formed in March 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, CCC, was one of the first New Deal programs. CCC camps were established in communities across America. The Corps helped to build and improve roads, construct three lakes, create infrastructure at newly charted state parks, Each camp afforded purposeful work for hundreds of men and had a lasting impact in the area it was built. Camp commanders had army-like powers and workers were required to address superiors as “sir.” By September 1935 over 500,000 young men had lived in CCC camps. The men planted millions of trees on land made barren from fires, dug canals and ditches, built wildlife shelters, stocked rivers and lakes with nearly a billion fish, restored historic battlefields, and cleared beaches and campgrounds. In all, nearly 3 million young men participated in the CCC provided unexpected preparation for the massive call-up in World War II.