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CCC 660th Company’s Great Legacy presentation on July 27

July 23, 2019

The Manitowish Waters Historical Society presents Civilian Conservation Corps 660th Company’s Great Legacy from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on July 27 at the Frank B. Koller Memorial Library. 

Along the bank of the Manitowish River, on June 21, 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established 660th Company S-79 or Camp Mercer. This free presentation regards CCC camp’s significant impact on the town of Manitowish Waters and the surrounding area. 660th Company men practiced hockey on Dog Lake, played baseball against the Little Bohemia team, rebuilt the lookout tower and manned it for nine years. These men fought the brutal Powell Marsh fire, protecting lives and property. 

Historically, some area residents confused the site of the North Lakeland Discovery Center as the site for CCC 660th Company. The Youth Conservation Camp, known as Statehouse Lake in Manitowish Waters, was created in 1962 as a separate state program whose mission paralleled the earlier CCC.

The contributions of these men helped define the region by protecting and preserving northwoods’ natural resources. The imprint these men made on the land cannot be over emphasized. Through their diligence, the Northwoods was transformed from a cutover, fire ravaged landscape into a forest again, with numerous improvements for generations of people looking to experience the great outdoors.

Newly discovered images, maps, and government documents from the Wisconsin Historical Society will be shared to illustrate the evolution and impact of Camp Mercer.

This event is presented by historian Jim Bokern and sponsored by the Manitowish Waters Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Frank B. Koller Memorial Library at 715-543-2700. 

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