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Preserving Pocahontas

Camp Thornwood – Winter 1935
Camp Thornwood – Winter 1935

An aerial photograph of Camp Thornwood taken in the winter of 1935. This Civilian Conservation Corps Camp was established in May 1933 on the East Fork of the Greenbrier River at the mouth of Fivemile Hollow near Bartow. The project was supervised by the U. S. Forest Service. Superintendents were George Fry and Peter J. Hanlon. This camp closed in 1941 – 42. In 1943 the War Department gave the CCC Camp to Pocahontas County 4-Hers. The name was changed to Camp Pocahontas and the first County Camp was held there in 1944. In 1963 the camp was selected as the site for the first National Youth Science Camp. Throughout the years conservation clubs, church groups and others have used the camp. County 4-H Camp and National Youth Science Camp are still held there today. Courtesy of Laura Defibaugh McLaughlin, ID: PHP000971

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