Civilian Conservation Corps – Part of Chatfield’s history

Did you know there was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Chatfield back in 1933?


The caption of this photo says

Limestone dams, such as this one built by enrollees in Chatfield (Little Sahara) camp, were permanent conservation treatments for areas prone to water eroision.  Over time, the dams became less visible, yet they continued to stop soil loss and prevent further damage.

Photo from:

Sommer, Barbara W. “Chapter 8/Preserving Soil, Water, and Traditions.”Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 2008. 113. Print.

Learn more about the CCC!  Come to Dollar-a-Day-Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps featuring author, songwriter, filmmaker Bill Jamerson at the library this Tuesday, May 31 at 6:30pm!  Enjoy a fun nostalgic look at the 1930’s Federal Works Program that gave employment to 3.5 million men … including those stationed just outside Chatfield!  Bill promises hilarious stories, foot tapping songs and a short video that will make this a “must see” experience.