Raymond B. Winter State Park Dam - Mifflinburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 40° 59.396 W 077° 11.404
18T E 315778 N 4539948
Quick Description: First dam built by the CCC in the US.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 11/7/2019 3:11:44 AM
Waymark Code: WM11KGQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
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Long Description:
One fine day in early 1933 lightning struck. The Bald Eagle State Forest District was to get four CCC Camps of 200 boys each. One was listed for the Halfway Park Area. We pooled our meager tools and equipment, leased, borrowed, even begged more. While other Camps over the State were sulking in their tents waiting for plans and equipments, we were off to a flying start.
The first big job was the dam. Forester Sayers, Engineer Wagner, Camp Superintendent, Foremen, and boys labored hard and willingly with the excellent cooperation from our Army Commander, Lieutenant Sheppard, who later was promoted to general and headed the U. S. Marines. In a little over a year, they had cleaned a seven acre area of brush debris including stumps. They removed the old dam and constructed the first cement and stone dam ever built by CCC in the United States, making a beautiful seven acre lake. The Fish Department stocked it with rainbow trout to improve fishing. A bathing beach was soon built and a diving tower in deep water was put in for swimmer’s enjoyment.

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