|Company 4701 boys in barracks. (photo from Meade County Historical Society collections)
|Company 4755 veterans setting earthen blocks in building construction.
(photo from Meade County Historical Society collections)
The opportunity provided encouragement to research the local papers for information on the camp and check on the availability of camp newspapers for both camps that provide great insight into the work and the lives of the enrollees. The Meade County Historical Society has acquired a nice collection of images and plans relating to the project(s). The trip also provided a chance to return to the locations of the Clark and Meade camps in a different season of the year to view the scattered remnants of the camps as well as view and enjoy the fruits of their past effort.
|View from the canyon rim looking west across the Clark State Fishing Lake dam.
|Foremen's quarters at Camp Meade. One of two remaining camp structures at the location.
In preparing for the talk, I also looked into another nearby project carried out prior to work in Clark and Meade counties. Construction of a lake in eastern Finney County, about 1.5 hours to the north was carried out in part by Company 729 who later transferred to Clark County. Meade news accounts mention a contingent salvaging buildings from the Finney County camp (Camp Kinney). This project/camp is one I had not previously visited so it made the list for a short stop on the trip home. There are a number of markers/memorials commemorating the CCC crew and project...a story for another time.
| View of Finney State Fishing Lake. CCC Camp Kinney
was situated on the ridge in distant background.
The trip allowed a visit to three different projects carried out by eight different CCC companies. The trip also took us by the general vicinity of at least six other project/camp locales (Kingman, Rozel, Marion, Council Grove, Reading, Osage City), most of which I have yet to visit on the ground.