The 1930s

While the Depression affects Palisade’s economy–including a forced shut down of the Palisades National Bank by the bank moratorium in March 1933–the area’s agricultural economic base help the Grand Valley avoid dire situations experienced in cities. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp BR 59-C is established in Riverbend Park south of Palisade in 1935. Supervised by the Bureau of Reclamation, CCC workers line canals with concrete and build walls at the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District plant and Grand River Diversion Dam among other projects. WPA projects include building roads and bridges to the east of town. Dust bowl migrations help provide a source of migrant workers for peach harvests. The Peach Mosaic virus destroys over 100,000 trees.