Winter Sports


Mariposa Gazette April 16, 1936

Winter Sports Benefitted By CCC Enrollies in Yosemite Nat. Park

The astonishing growth in interest in winter sports in Yosemite during the past few years is apparent to all who live in this locality, but few realize to what extent the CCC program has assisted in making winter sports possible.

Last year approximately 10,000 persons visited the ski fields of Badger Pass up to the last of February. With little in the way of developments, no ski house, no definitely marked ski runs, meager parking facilities — many visitors came for their first taste of skiing last year.

Late last summer work was started on a ski house and the National Park Service rushed to completion a 200 car parking area and approach road. By the time the first heavy snows came the house was usable and visitors could park their cars. CCC crews worked hard to clear new and better ski runs, clearly marking the long runs with brightly-painted metal signs. Except for the availability of the availability of the CCC, much of this work would never have been done. Now that it is accomplished, thousands are enthusiastic as to the value of adequate provision for winter sports.

This past winter a total of over 25,000 persons have visited the Badger Pass area up to the last of February — two and a half times as many as last year, and the spring skiing season had scarcely started. The revenue derived by Mariposa county from the influx of 25,000 winter sports enthusiasts cannot be estimated. Just as Swiss summer resorts were converted into ear round resorts by the development of winter sports in Europe, so will winter sports in California supply year-round business to resorts, gas stations, etc. and be felt by everyone doing any kind of business in this locality.


Bootjack CCC Camp CO. 1912 Opening

Nov1933Fresno Bee, November 18, 1933. Mariposa CA.


Residents of Stanislaus and Mariposa Counties Take Part in Celebration

Mariposa (Mariposa Co.) Nov. 18 — Citizens of Modesto and Mariposa and enrollies of Company 1912 of the Civilian Conservation Corps joined to-day in a big housewarming at the new camp at Bootjack.

Members of the district administrative office in Fresno were participating. The excercises included a flag-raising ceremony, a barbecue at 4:30 P.M. and a dance in the evening.

The program was as follows: National Emblem March, band: invocation, Captain James C. Crowson, district chaplain; welcome to Mariposa County supervisors; welcome to Camp Bootjack, First Lieutenant Edgar T. Noyes, commanding officer; The Red Man, band; greetings from Stanislaus County board of supervisors; response for Company 1912, Daniel Rhieman; address, Major Paul E. Peabody, district commander; Bolero, band; presentation on behalf of Stanislaus County, William J. Silva, received by Ira Terry and Lieutenant Noyes; response for mothers of enrollies; Down South, band; flag raising, Star Spanvled [sic] Banner, band; address, M. B. Pratt, state To The Colors, sounded by Frank Tweed.

Meat for the barbecue was donated by the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce. A flag with the company’s distinctive insignia was donated by Modesto.

CWA / Red Cross Cooperation


As you can see in the article that appeared in the February 15, 1934 issue of the Clovis Independent, the New Deal put a heavy emphasis on a safe work environment. A far cry from the attitude of the bosses that workers were just disposable labor to be used and discarded.

A New Deal For Native Americans

New Indian Deal

As you can see in this editorial in the Clovis Independent (reprinting an editorial in the Fresno Bee) February 22, 1934, changes were underway in the reverse of the governmental policy of benign neglect for native Americans as it was for other minority groups. The use of native American code talkers in World War 2 in particular emphasizes the stupidity of supressing any culture.

Come Visit A Lost Civilization


My name is Andrew and you are invited to investigate the legacy of the most interesting period in modern history in the remains of stone walls, roads, golf courses, bridges, and other physical remains of the work programs that kept Americans alive during the terrible period of the 1930’s economic depression. In Griffith Park in Los Angeles, 4,300 acres of the largest urban park in the United States represents a showcase of president Franklin Roosevelts commitment to “put people to work!” as the newspaper headline shows. It is pretty doubtful that the 3 million people that visit the park every year have an inkling about how the area was transformed from an a barren wilderness to the family mecca it is today.

In showcasing the New Deal, I wish to give tours that comprise two different means depending on the persons ability and time available, areas that are accessible by car and areas that are only accessible by bike or by foot. The golf courses, the Greek theater, Griffith Observatory, the CCC memorial statue, & the tennis courts, are examples of Federal projects that are easily reached by car. Other aspects such as numerous check dams, certain roads, hiking trails, & elaborate rubble wall water channels can only be reached by bike or by hiking on both graded trails and non graded foot paths. In any case, come and let me give you a glimpse historically into a section of the metropolis of LA and the example of what happens when proper leadership creates something beautiful and lasting.

Wall Street is not the economy

One of the biggest problems one faces when talking about economics or the economy is the equation of it with the stock market and the assumption that the Dow Jones or the S&P 500 is the yardstick by which to measure how well the country is doing. The other is the half a century + old lie that government intervention into any aspect of the economy violates 1. economic equilibrium, 2. the delicate balance of nature, 3. or just upsets the gods of the market. All of these things have their roots in the ancient civilizations that used to reside in the area of todays Iraq. In president Franklin Roosevelts 1st inaugural address, he referred to the money changers in the temple which was the two references in the Bible (Mathew 21,12) (II Kings 18,16) that talk about monetary practices that originally came out of Assyria and Babylon.

New Arrival

Hello. I’m Drew, and am starting this as a way of putting thoughts down on the state of the economy and the current insanity of the orthodoxy of Keynesian, Libertarian, & Behaviorist schools that dominate universities and government.