Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

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Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

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Julie P
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Cool Corps Museum, not the deadly type
Jun 2019
It was really cool and we so appreciated the government preserving this great seedling shop. The whole area was neat and we just loved the museum beginnings. A ways to go, but it's going to be great. Loved the dress up clothes!
Written July 29, 2019
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI135 contributions
Good way to spend an hour if you’re nearby
Jul 2019 • Couples
Just north of the main part of Higgins Lake North State Park, this “Museum” consists of several small buildings with interpretive signs. One building (the main one?) was closed, apparently for renovation. Expect to walk a bit on gravel paths to see it all.
Written July 8, 2019
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EclecticEllie
Roscommon, MI31 contributions
Interesting Bit of CCC History
Jul 2018 • Solo
Museum sits across the road from North Higgins Lake State Park. The museum provides a learning experience of CCC history. Improvements have been made to the museum. Young people can learn about a piece of history that helped preserve our forests and kept people employed during some hard times.
Written October 7, 2018
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donwilliams484
Saline, MI1 contribution
It's a stretch to call a museum open when the buildings are closed and locked!
Aug 2018 • Family
Was disappointed to find that all but the ice house building was closed in spite of being during stated "open" hours. Could see through the windows that there is a lot more to see here than the few small plaques describing the structures.

I had an uncle that was in the CCC's in the upper lower area of Michigan. I know he liked the CCC's and fell in love with northern Michigan during his time up there. He moved from Detroit to Fairview sometime in the 1940's. Not really a whole lot else as that generation in my family have passed on.

Seems a poor use of the effort to recreate/rebuild the compound.

At a minimum the museum website should specify when (if ever) it is truly open and when you only get to walk around outside.
Written August 27, 2018
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Robert T
Hillman, MI306 contributions
Clean up time
Sep 2017 • Business
Michigan Cares for Tourism recently did a fantastic job of assisting park staff in cleaning, painting, staining, hauling brush and many other activities. Cudos to all involved.
Written September 22, 2017
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Rob K
Lapeer, MI100 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2017 • Solo
The CCC Museum was worth visiting, and gave an interesting history of the CCC and their work in the area. It would be good for kids, and is a decent way to spend an hour or two. There are some nice trails here, too.
Written August 14, 2017
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Brgree
242 contributions
History buff
Jul 2017 • Family
Did a tour with a DNR officer, learned some interesting things. Took some wonderful photos and also hiked on the pathway though the woods.
Written July 19, 2017
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susan s
Ann Arbor, MI33 contributions
I learned something
Jul 2017 • Family
we went to the CCC museum because we were staying in Grayling on business. decided to check this out. Turns out to be a "recreated" campsite with many interesting curated exhibits about the life of the young men recruited to the CCC. FDR's way of building infrastructure ( in this case reforestation) and putting people to work during the depression. It's self guided, outdoors and in buildings. Later we walked one of the trails where certain trees had explanations for their planting. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
Written July 19, 2017
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Michiganders4
Ann Arbor, MI67 contributions
Interesting little stop
Jul 2017 • Family
This museum is a neat little stop if you are in the Houghton / Higgins Lake area. I knew a little about the CCC and its projects, but did not know of its significance in Michigan for providing trees for a great many parks. There were lots of pictures of the various groups from around Michigan in the restored barracks. There were sample living quarters set up with laundry hanging in typical fashion around the stove. The best part of this museum was reading the excerpts of camp life, such as the boys going to town and paying a quarter to see the movie, any movie, just to have the opportunity to sleep in a warm place, or how they would try to get up early in the mornings to get first pick of the available socks. Quite an interesting place!
Written July 13, 2017
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Pferdina
Grand Rapids, MI137 contributions
Self-guided tour and short hiking trail.
Jul 2017 • Couples
This museum is placed on the site of a state of Michigan tree nursery, where men of the Civilian Conservation Corps worked to process seeds and grow seedlings of trees (mainly pines) to reforest the state after the logging companies cut everything down. There are two fire towers and an assortment of original buildings and artifacts to look at, around a small paved loop. The main museum is housed inside a replica CCC barracks building. It contains exhibits about life with the CCC in Michigan, photos of different companies, and historical pieces. It was all very interesting to us, and we had the place to ourselves for almost an hour. I wished the planting beds had actually had tree seedlings growing in them, instead of weeds, and the boulder monument seemed forlorn without its surrounding bed of flowers (just weeds).

After seeing the museum, we recommend taking the ~1.5 mile fitness trail (also called the Upland Loop Trail). It starts on the far side of the parking lot and continues through stands of red pines leftover from the nursery days. Eventually it climbs up to the low ridge north of the museum, circles back, and returns to the parking area by way of the old water cistern location. This trail is sandy and has some moderately steep places, but it is frequently traveled and well-maintained. We enjoyed the occasional informational signs and the quiet of the woods. We saw a small snake and heard many birds. The "fitness" aspect is provided by twenty evenly-spaced stations describing 32 exercises a person is supposed to do while jogging around the loop.
Written July 11, 2017
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