Camp War (P-63) – War WV

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Located on private land about 5 miles east of War and on the edge of Cucumber (town, likely a coal camp at one point) in McDowell County along WV Route 16.

Occupied on 11 July 1935 with CCC Company 3538-C. The C at the end notes this was a colored CCC camp. McDowell county was a heavily black community noting several entries in the Negro Green Book for decades. This is the only black CCC Company to serve in West Virginia although they worked also at S-77 (Camp Carver/Panther State Forest) and S-76 (Camp Kanawha).

This camp worked on fire protection and forest fire fighting, construction and maintenance of truck trails, and maintenance of telephone lines.

Scheduled to be closed in 1 July 1941 the camp was operated until 8 November 1941 when the company was transferred to Camp Carver (S-77) at Panther State Forest.

Source notes

Milton Harr, The C.C.C. Camps in West Virginia 1933-1942, p. 21

USGS War Quad 1967

1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - West Virginia - McDowell County - ED 24-1 - ED 24-60 (https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5840990), accessed February 14, 2018.

Project originally submitted by Ernest Everett Blevins on February 15, 2018.

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Location Info


WV Route 16
Cucumber, WV

Location notes: Five miles east of War and on the edge of Cucumber.

Coordinates: 37.287451, -81.642916

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