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Civilian Conservation Corps Historic Development of Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Civilian Conservation Corps Historic Development of Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

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9:00am - 5:00pm May- September; Hike In only thereafter
406.287.3541
Free to MT residents and registered campers; $6/vehicle entrance fee for non-residents
lat: 45.8341598 long: -111.8627751

During the late 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps worked 5 years to develop Montana’s first state park, Lewis & Clark Caverns. Starting with the first ever building in the system (a rock latrine which still stands at the Upper Picnic Area), the CCC built the 3 mile road to include a Granite Keystone Bridge, the Cave Visitor Center, the trails to and from the cave as well as the basics for today’s caverns tours. An 538′ long exit tunnel was blasted in 1938 to make the tour a one-way route that would include the CCC-discoveredd, largest room they named Paradise.

This park CCC District is currently being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

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Blackfoot River Beginning

lat: 46.9502198 long: -113.3787584
Missouri River to Hauser Dam

lat: 46.7649385 long: -111.8858237
Nine Mile to Mcnamara

lat: 46.9502198 long: -113.3787584
Clearwater to Dunnigan Gulch

   

lat: 46.9505625 long: -113.5433125
Travelers Rest State Park

lat: 46.753308 long: -114.0899468
Old Buffalo Trail 1

lat: 46.9547545 long: -113.5255417
Eagle Creek to Hole in the Wall

lat: 47.8317525 long: -110.074063
Buffalo Jump

lat: 47.4796208 long: -111.5247388
Ryan Dam

lat: 47.5695678 long: -111.1240541
Coal Banks Landing to Eagle Creek

lat: 47.7400888 long: -109.6276312
Lewis and Clark Pass

lat: 47.1427216 long: -112.4289137
Imnamatoon Road

lat: 46.59337 long: -114.61484
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