Nature Hobbies: Exploring Ruins of a CCC Camp

Picture this:  You’re hiking through the woods, and you come across signs of man overgrown with nature.  Outlines of foundations, stairs that now lead to where  a building once stood, walls covered in leaves and moss as the forest tries to reclaim its space.  Think this is cool?  Read on!

Autumn is a good time of year for hiking.  It’s cool enough to not get overheated while wandering about, and the foliage isn’t so thick, allowing for easier views.  I went exploring through the ruins of a Civilian Conservation Corps. Camp in a remote area of northern Minnesota.  It was used as a camp to improve conditions in the area as well as create jobs during the Great Depression, but was later used to house German POWs.  At one time, about 200 men lived here.  There are markers to show where buildings once stood.  Some even showed black and white photographs of the buildings and the men who once lived here, with a brief explanation of how the buildings were used and what the men’s lives were like.  Here are some photos from this adventure:

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I love hiking and exploring new places, and this place was really neat.  What kind of places have you come across?  Do you know of  a place worth exploring?  Tell me in the comments!


*** During my internship with Cre8here Magazine, I wrote a piece about this adventure.  It was published online and can be found here.


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