CCC Camp SP49 - Letchworth State Park, New York
N 42° 35.465 W 078° 00.625
17T E 745295 N 4719739
Quick Description: One of 4 CCC Camps at Letchworth State Park was located near Lower Falls.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2007 12:42:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM2GD3
This is a list of the many projects that were done at Camp 49. There were 4 camps total in the park. This describes the Lower Falls Camp SP-49 (in operation for 73 months):
constructed road from Main Park Road to Lower Falls Camp Area
established park entrance at Five Corners and worked on road north Gibsonville
built road in present high banks area
increased size of parking lot at Lower Falls
constructed parking lots at Wolf Creek, Eddy, and Tea Table areas with tables, fireplaces, and shelters
created a 100,000 gallon concrete reservoir to serve Middle Falls development
built an 80,000 gallon concrete reservoir to serve Lower Falls area
installed pump house and reservoir at the Gardeau area
put up five cabins, two shelters with fireplaces, and two shower and laundry buildings in B area
worked on drainage problems in the B area
improved trails from Lower Falls to Inspiration Point including steps and walls
erected walls in Wolf Creek and Tea Table picnic areas
finished Lower Falls bridge
constructed connecting trails to Lower Falls bridge on both sides of the River
cleared and marked five miles of ski trails
built a "warming hut" for skiers in the St. Helena area
ran nursery at Lower Falls for plantings in the Park
assisted with the Park saw mill
Additionally, this Camp 49 became a POW camp during WW II...
"Camp SP 49, the former CCC camp just northwest of the Lower Falls was chosen to house the German soldiers. Fences were erected, and soon the prisoners began to arrive. According to a local newspaper account from nearby Castile, there were 200 German Prisoners at the Camp, with 60 military police to guard them.
Life for the German POWs was not overly difficult. According to one former POW who returned to Western NY for a visit in 1987, the Letchworth barracks were somewhat small, housing thirty to fifty men each. If they were similar to other POW barracks, they were furnished in military style with open squad rooms with rows of steel cots. They were heated by coal stoves and had both electric lights and hot and cold running water."
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