I took a photo at a display at Itasca State Park.We needed more info!
I contacted a Facebook friend, David a High School classmate. He responded quickly to my plea for info. He suggested getting in touch with his cousin Robert who hunts in that area. Later that same day we found Robert and Far Guy got a better idea of where the camp was. In the meantime fellow blogger and researcher extraordinaire Iggy located an Oral History of a fellow who was in the CCC’s at the same time and also emailed a fellow who had visited the camp at Lovelis Lake.
We deduced that the camp was between 1/2 and 3/4 mile from Highway 113 on Anchor Matson Road. It ended up being 3/4 mile..and guess what we saw?
Crap…we were dejected. All this land belongs to the State but parts of it are leased. Technically it is not private property...but…we are so close.
Far Guy pulled the car into the driveway to turn around and then I saw it. Plain as day.
The chimney that the Historical Marker mentioned.
Back in there amongst those trees is where the camp used to be. It is on the west side of the Anchor Matson road.
We headed over to Itasca State Park to get a season pass and to the visitors center.
Itasca State Park is not open for the season yet, but they were having school tours so we were able to visit the CCC display. We knew this list existed because cousins Bonnie and Wayne photographed it for us last year or the year before. I also had a copy at the Hubbard County Historical Museum. It lists all the name of the young men that worked in the park.
There was also a map.
This time Lovelis is called Loveless. This is the second known error in spelling. This map also led to another adventure that I will relate someday soon. That lake on the map just south of Lovelis Camp is really just a pothole, Lovelis Lake is North of the old CCC camp.
Finding Lovelis Lake CCC camp was not easy. We were lucky. You may say why was it important? Only a few people know where these camps were, most of the CCC enrollees are dead. It is a bit of history that we were able to figure out and leave behind for the next generation.
I am kind of enjoying retirement and being able to do whatever the day brings!