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The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across the world; in most countries, it started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. The Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how intensely the global economy can decline.

The Great Depression started in the United States after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929, (known as Black Tuesday). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession. Some economies started to recover by the mid-1930s. However, in many countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until the beginning of World War II.

The Great Depression had devastating effects in both rich and poor countries. Personal income, tax revenue, profits and prices dropped, while international trade fell by more than 50%. Unemployment in the U.S. rose to 23% and in some countries rose as high as 33%.

Cities around the world were hit hard, especially those dependent on heavy industry. Construction was virtually halted in many countries. Farming communities and rural areas suffered as crop prices fell by about 60%. Facing plummeting demand with few alternative sources of jobs, areas dependent on primary sector industries such as mining and logging suffered the most.

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CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC, informal portraits.

CCC, informal portraits.

SEKI Historic Image

Headquarters Cleanup of Forest Litter

Headquarters Cleanup of Forest Litter

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers burning cleaned up forest litter of wood and brush at LAVO headquarters

Manzanita Lake Campground Approach Road

Manzanita Lake Campground Approach Road

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Men working on Manzanita Lake campground approach road (project 8).

Warner Valley Trail under Construction

Warner Valley Trail under Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Section of Warner Valley trail under construction. 5a shows two men on horseback on trail.

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Manzanita Lake campground approach road showing low log barriers lining road

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Ma...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Manzanita Lake campground approach road showing low log barriers lining road

NPS Individuals, CCC, Bruce Becquette.
CCC, Leg and foot guards.

CCC, Leg and foot guards.

SEKI Historic Image

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trails

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trai...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction and completed portions of trail from Warner Valley campground over Flatiron Ridge to Corral Meadow and King’s Creek Meadows

Warner Valley Ranger Station Improvements

Warner Valley Ranger Station Improvements

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Warner Valley Ranger Station barns showing old barn, construction of new barns, and completed new barn and garage

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers constructing picnic tables, benches, and stone fireplaces at Manzanita Lake Campground, and visitors sitting at completed tables

Guard Wall

Guard Wall

Crater Rim Historic District. The stone guard wall at Puu Puai parking lot was once along the Crater Rim Drive alignment. The metal guard rail behind was installed after the period of significance. This is one ... More

Warner Valley Trail under Construction

Warner Valley Trail under Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Section of Warner Valley trail under construction. 5a shows two men on horseback on trail.

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers constructing picnic tables, benches, and stone fireplaces at Manzanita Lake Campground, and visitors sitting at completed tables

Boundary Fence Construction at Headquarters

Boundary Fence Construction at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -During and after views of post and pole boundary fence construction at LAVO headquarters

CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC Crew Cleaning up Manzanita Area

CCC Crew Cleaning up Manzanita Area

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers cleaning up areas around Manzanita Lake campground and Loomis Museum.

Haleakala Crater from the Halemau'u Trail

Haleakala Crater from the Halemau'u Trail

CCC Haleakala Crater Trails District. A view of the Haleakala Crater from the Halemau'u Trail. Here, the trail crosses Rainbow Bridge, a natural feature of the landscape that was improved by the CCC during the ... More

CCC, road grader pulled by a tractor.
Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trails

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trai...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction and completed portions of trail from Warner Valley campground over Flatiron Ridge to Corral Meadow and King’s Creek Meadows

CCC enrollees landscaping highway.
CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC enrollees landscaping highway.
Courtyard Garden - laying brick pavers

Courtyard Garden - laying brick pavers

The New Deal era prompted funding for projects including construction of the courtyard garden.

Before and After Construction of Loomis Plaza Parking

Before and After Construction of Loomis Plaza Parking

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Before and after views of expansion of Manzanita Lake parking area at Loomis Plaza.

CCC, CCC Barracks and tents.

CCC, CCC Barracks and tents.

SEKI Historic Image

CCC workers moving trees

CCC workers moving trees

Section 2-C, Milepost 237-248, Blue Ridge Parkway

CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC, washing machine setup.

CCC, washing machine setup.

SEKI Historic Image

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers constructing picnic tables, benches, and stone fireplaces at Manzanita Lake Campground, and visitors sitting at completed tables

CCC, CCC Camp.

CCC, CCC Camp.

SEKI Historic Image

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Road after cleanup at Warner Valley showing piled timber and brush at roadside

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Ro...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Road after cleanup at Warner Valley showing piled timber and brush at roadside

CCC, The cooks and bakers school.
Boundary Fence Construction at Headquarters

Boundary Fence Construction at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -During and after views of post and pole boundary fence construction at LAVO headquarters

Ravensford Nursery

Ravensford Nursery

A CCC enrollee cleaning plant seeds for revegetation projects at the Ravensford Nursery.

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC Cain Flat camp. [8x10 print]
CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Landscaping at Manzanita Lake showing crew planting shrubs and trees around Loomis Museum and entrance station, and group picture of landscaping crew.

CCC, The cooks and bakers school.
CCC, Salt Creek CCC Camp.

CCC, Salt Creek CCC Camp.

SEKI Historic Image

Switchbacks and Retaining Walls on the Halemau'u Trail

Switchbacks and Retaining Walls on the Halemau'u Trail

CCC Haleakala Crater Trails District. The Halemau'u Trail is marked by switchbacks and associated stone retaining walls as it ascends out of the crater. Note how it follows the natural topography, blending in w... More

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trails

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trai...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction and completed portions of trail from Warner Valley campground over Flatiron Ridge to Corral Meadow and King’s Creek Meadows

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Landscaping at Manzanita Lake showing crew planting shrubs and trees around Loomis Museum and entrance station, and group picture of landscaping crew.

Boundary Fence Construction at Headquarters

Boundary Fence Construction at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -During and after views of post and pole boundary fence construction at LAVO headquarters

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Landscaping at Manzanita Lake showing crew planting shrubs and trees around Loomis Museum and entrance station, and group picture of landscaping crew.

CCC, Leg and foot guards.

CCC, Leg and foot guards.

SEKI Historic Image

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Landscaping at Manzanita Lake showing crew planting shrubs and trees around Loomis Museum and entrance station, and group picture of landscaping crew.

Burnning Slash Piles at Headquarters

Burnning Slash Piles at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Burning piles of wood and brush from forest cleanup at LAVO headquarters.

Campground Trash Can

Campground Trash Can

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Garbage can at Manzanita Lake campground

CCC, informal portraits.

CCC, informal portraits.

SEKI Historic Image

Signs, CCC, Old sign by CCC

Signs, CCC, Old sign by CCC

SEKI Historic Image

CCC, hewing redwood into beams.
Relaxing at camp

Relaxing at camp

The enrollees of Camp NP-7, Mount Sterling, Company 415, enjoy in some "horse play" in front of their tents.

Completed Fire Tools Shed at Headquarters

Completed Fire Tools Shed at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Completed fire equipment shed at LAVO headquarters.

Outhouses to be Delivered to Warner Valley Campgrounds.

Outhouses to be Delivered to Warner Valley Campgrounds.

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -LAVO pickup truck loaded with two outhouses destined for Warner Valley campgrounds

Construction of Fire Shed at Headquarters

Construction of Fire Shed at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction of fire equipment shed at LAVO headquarters showing workers pouring cement and framing structure.

Sculpture of a breadline at the FDR Memorial.

Sculpture of a breadline at the FDR Memorial.

Sculpture depicting a Great Depression breadline at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.

CCC Warner Valley Spike Camp

CCC Warner Valley Spike Camp

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Warner Valley spike camp.

Manzanita Lake Campground Approach Bridge Construction

Manzanita Lake Campground Approach Bridge Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers constructing bridge across Manzanita Creek on campground approach road

Gathering Local Materials for Corral Fence, Warner Valley

Gathering Local Materials for Corral Fence, Warner Valley

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers felling tree and preparing timber for use in Warner Valley corral fence

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Manzanita Lake Campground Construction

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Workers constructing picnic tables, benches, and stone fireplaces at Manzanita Lake Campground, and visitors sitting at completed tables

CCC Warner Valley Spike Camp

CCC Warner Valley Spike Camp

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Warner Valley spike camp.

Before and After Construction of Loomis Plaza Parking

Before and After Construction of Loomis Plaza Parking

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Before and after views of expansion of Manzanita Lake parking area at Loomis Plaza.

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trails

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trai...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction and completed portions of trail from Warner Valley campground over Flatiron Ridge to Corral Meadow and King’s Creek Meadows

CCC enrollees landscaping highway.
CCC, informal portraits.

CCC, informal portraits.

SEKI Historic Image

CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
Warner Valley Ranger Station Improvements

Warner Valley Ranger Station Improvements

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Warner Valley Ranger Station barns showing old barn, construction of new barns, and completed new barn and garage

Road to Reflection Lake Picnic Area

Road to Reflection Lake Picnic Area

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Road to Reflection Lake picnic area.

Headquarters Cleanup of Forest Litter

Headquarters Cleanup of Forest Litter

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Large piles of firewood from forest cleanup at LAVO headquarters

Warner Valley Ranger Station Improvements

Warner Valley Ranger Station Improvements

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Warner Valley Ranger Station barns showing old barn, construction of new barns, and completed new barn and garage

Interior and Exterior views of Horseshoe Lake Ranger Station

Interior and Exterior views of Horseshoe Lake Ranger Station

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Interior and exterior views of Horseshoe Lake Ranger Station

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC, informal portraits.

CCC, informal portraits.

SEKI Historic Image

CCC Warner Valley Spike Camp

CCC Warner Valley Spike Camp

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -CCC stub or spike camp at LAVO headquarters showing tent cabins.

CCC, The cooks and bakers school.
NPS Individuals, CCC, Robert Barton.
Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trails

Construction and Maintenance of Lower Grassy Swale and Bench Lake Trai...

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction and completed portions of trail from Warner Valley campground over Flatiron Ridge to Corral Meadow and King’s Creek Meadows

Exum Mountain Guides Office

Exum Mountain Guides Office

Exum Office in old CCC Bathhouse around 1975

Construction of Fire Shed at Headquarters

Construction of Fire Shed at Headquarters

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Construction of fire equipment shed at LAVO headquarters showing workers pouring cement and framing structure.

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Landscaping at Manzanita Lake showing crew planting shrubs and trees around Loomis Museum and entrance station, and group picture of landscaping crew.

CCC, Roads, CCC road work projects.
CCC, CCC Barracks and tents.

CCC, CCC Barracks and tents.

SEKI Historic Image

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

CCC Landscaping Crew at Manzanita

Administrative Collections: Album 5 (Emergency Conservation Works) -Landscaping at Manzanita Lake showing crew planting shrubs and trees around Loomis Museum and entrance station, and group picture of landscaping crew.