CCC Camp Shawnee No. 1

The first of seven Civilian Conservation Corps camps to call Shawnee Forest home, CCC Camp Shawnee No. 1 was located on Pond Lick Run, a tributary of Turkey Creek. The enrollees who called this camp home built what became known as Shawnee Lake, a one-time popular swimming and fishing spot.

After the original CCC shutdown in the early 1940s, the camp would be utilized by the state as a summer work camp for well-behaved convicts and, then, in the 1970s, the camp became home to a revived, state-level Civilian Conservation Corps.

Today, the stone chimney of the old Officer's Quarters stands on the ridge, overgrown and hidden from view. The flat bottoms of Pond Lick Run, where the barracks once stood are now overgrown with grass and scrub; the old Shawnee Lake, recently restored and improved, is more commonly known as Pond Lick Lake.

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