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Bitter Lake gives some history lessons

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Mike Bilbo, in Spanish colonial-era attire, says rock art and bison bones can be found on federal lands near Bottomless Lakes State Park. He was one of the presenters Saturday at a Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge event that included talks about the history of the region. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Civilian Conservation Corps, the most popular of all the New Deal jobs creation programs of the 1930s, had as many as 52 work sites in New Mexico at its peak. These included Camp Bitter Lake, which housed workers who developed the wetlands area northeast of Roswell into the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a historian said during a Saturday presentation at the refuge.