Book: Two Hands and a Shovel

Written and edited by Deception Pass park manager, Jack Hartt, and Sam Wotipka, this book chronicles the work of the CCC at Deception Pass. All proceeds go to the Deception Pass Park Foundation.

When the federal government transferred 1700 acres around Deception Pass to Washington State Parks in 1922, Deception Pass State Park was barely an idea. Lacking the funds and manpower to develop the site, citizens could only dream of the area’s enormous potential as a future park. The spark that finally made Deception Pass a reality came during the Great Depression in the form of federal legislation. To fight massive national unemployment, the Civilian Conservation Corps was created in 1933. The program put young men to work restoring and developing the nation’s natural resources and recreational lands. Deception Pass was home to two CCC camps. For nearly a decade members built trails, roads, picnic shelters, restrooms, bathhouses, and other features that remain visible and useful in the park to this day. Lacking modern machinery and financial resources, most of their work was completed using little more than basic tools and their own hands. Through photographs from public and private collections this book documents that work and honors the achievements of the men of the CCC in creating the developed landscapes of Deception Pass State Park.

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This web site is maintained for the Deception Pass Park Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is NOT supported by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the agency that manages and operates Deception Pass State Park, nor does this website represent the official views of the Commission. The information on this web site is maintained for the Foundation as reasonably current and dependable information for your benefit and use. The Foundation seeks to support Deception Pass State Park and provide valuable services to its visitors. All of the money raised by the Foundation goes to the direct benefit of the educational and resource protection programs of Deception Pass State Park.
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