Camp Lee Canyon is one of several federally funded projects built in the Las Vegas area during the Great Depression. The camp was built on seventeen acres of land on Mt. Charleston given to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1936. The U.S. Forest Service currently owns the property and leases it to Clark County as a summer campsite used mainly by area residents. The WPA, using local labor and materials, built most of the nineteen buildings in 1937. The structures are ranged along both sides of a dirt road running through a heavily wooded narrow canyon. The majority of the buildings are wood-frame with gable roofs and beveled siding of alternating wide and narrow boards. Their utilitarian design, typical of WPA architecture, has served the camp well over the decades.
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