C.C.C. - 'Chewab Skokie'
In Illinois, United States
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The Cook County Forest Preserves are in large part as grand as they are due to the work of the Civilian Conservation Corp. This site is a memorial to their efforts. It seems appropriate that geocachers should be aware of the efforts of the CCC seeing as we spend so much time enjoying these preserves. You are hunting for a Corp of Discovery unexpanded bottle, I picked this up in a cache over a year ago so it's about time I placed it somewhere.
The Potawatomi called it the 'Chewab Skokie', meaning 'big wet prairie.' By 1933 the Cook County Forest preserve had acquired most of the marsh lands, and drew plans to convert it into a series of lagoons. When the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed in the 30s, ten companies were assigned to this project, the largest CCC project in the nation. Work continued til 1942, mainly by pick and shovel, creating seven lagoons connected by channels amounting to about seven miles of waterways. Workers were paid $30 a month ($25 of which was sent home to their families). Eventually, four million cubic yards of earth were moved by hand with wheelbarrows called 'Georgia Buggies'. Today, the water levels in the lagoons are controlled by a series of three low dams and a main control dam at Willow Road, just east of this cache.
In 2003 I set up a virtual cache at this site and only Genius Loci and LinDave ever found it. After that, it sat untouched for three years. Navi cache just didn't work out in our area.
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Last Updated: on 5/28/2015 8:45:03 AM Pacific Daylight Time (3:45 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum