The Great Depression

The Great Depression shaped America's landscapes, both in terms of their physical and human dimensions.

Scottsdale and the Great Depression

The graceful, even beautiful, lines of Scottsdale Grammar School #2 convey a sense of prosperity. Stability seems to be written right into the school’s symmetrical concrete façade. It is a testimony to the optimism of 1928, the year it was built—a…

Craftsman Court and Fifth Avenue

PARDON OUR DUST: WE'RE RECONSTRUCTING THE STORYIn the 1950s Craftsman Court and Fifth Avenue became the heart of Scottsdale’s burgeoning arts district. The district began as artists and entrepreneurs invested in the development of the arts. Artists…

Building South Mountain

The Great Depression had a profound impact on the United States as well as greater Phoenix. In an effort to confront the economic and social costs of the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt argued for a New Deal in which the federal…

What Was the CCC?

Breadlines, street corner apple vendors, and families traveling cross-country in jalopies looking for employment are phenomena unknown to most alive today. As those who lived through the Great Depression continue to fall by the wayside, memories of…

Joining the Civilian Conservation Corps

Among President Franklin Roosevelt's many "Alphabet Soup" New Deal programs, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was perhaps the most successful in reducing unemployment among America's youth. The highly regimented program…

Fishing the Desert

Fish hatcheries are the last thing people probably think about when they think of Arizona. During the Great Depression, however, raising fish meant jobs. The Hunt Bass Hatchery was initially commissioned in May of 1932 by Governor George W.P. Hunt as…

DBG's Webster Auditorium

Adobe has served as an inexpensive and reliable building material for cultures across the globe for several millenia. Although ancient in origin, the use of adobe boasts thoroughly modern advantages such as renewability and energy efficiency, making…

Papago Ponds Fishing

During the twentieth century, jobs, mild winters, sunshine, and outdoor recreation attracted millions of people from all over the United States to Arizona. Boating and sport fishing on Arizona's many reservoirs lured newcomers from states like…