Shower House - Scenic Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources -– Bigfork, MN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama
N 47° 43.232 W 093° 34.201
15T E 457250 N 5285396
Quick Description: This shower house/rest room is a wonderful example of construction done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid- 1930's.
Location: Minnesota, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2015 12:23:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMPHQ5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
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Long Description:
This shower house/rest room is a wonderful example of construction done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid- 1930's.

Sometimes those on the CCC building crews would add a personal detail on one of the buildings. Such is the case with the “Lucky Seven” dice set into the wall of the shower house facility, so visitors will want to take a closer look. The building is constructed of logs and stone; some of the stone can be seen in the interior restrooms.

A sign is posted near the parking lot and tells more about the CCC history in this park. It reads:

Scenic State Park CCC Rustic Style Historic District

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a federal Depression-era program which provided employment for men throughout the country. CCC Camp SP-3 Company 1722, established in 1933, was the first state park camp in Minnesota. Supervised by local woodsman Ole Evensen, the men of camp SP-3 undertook the development of the 16-acre Scenic State Park CCC/Rustic Style Historic District. They built the shelter pavilion, the naturalist’s cabin, a comfort station, a shelter and the unique furniture in the park. The log buildings were cited repeatedly in National Park Service publications as examples of exceptional park construction.

The shelter pavilion is remarkable for its intact collection of CCC-constructed Rustic style furniture and decorative artwork, featuring finely crafted detailing indicative of the CCC. The collection includes massive tables crafted of giant tree trunks and tables and benches constructed with split logs and log slabs. A realistically carved and painted miniature woodland scene found in the shelter is another example of outstanding CCC craftsmanship.

National Register of Historic Places
Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Scenic Park CCC/WPA/Rustic Style Historic Resources

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Scenic State Park Bigfork, MN

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