The Old Mine Holes and The Old Mine Road
Camp Pahaquarra History
Along The Trails
And now let us go and look over the beauty spots and the historical places of the camp property.
The first trail, here to the right, is called the Kaufman Trail. It is named after S. E. Kaufman of Trenton, one time president of the Scout Council. It leads to our camp-fire site, where, according to traditions, the Delaware Indian chiefs once had their headquarters. From this spot splendid lookouts were obtainable and these were important, since only, the river separated from the enemy, and raiding parties were frequent. This is the place where the Scouts of today have their evening camp fires, with all sorts 0f pastimes. Perhaps the most popular form of camp fire sport is the telling of Indian stories. The country is rich in Indian lore and tradition.
Following to the south is the Cartlidge Trail, named in honor of the man who has done so much for the camp. This leads to the old mine holes. Winding down the mountain and crossing Deer Creek, one locates the largest 0£ the openings made by the Dutch. Other holes are scattered about. The largest hole is hewn out of the rock, or shale. It is about five feet wide and eight feet high and runs back about two hundred feet where openings spread out like fingers on a hand. Caving side walls make the place unsafe for inspection and no one is allowed to enter.
The large iron pipe to be seen was used for water supply for the last mining operation. The smaller pipe provides a water supply for our camp. This was installed by Mr. A. H. Oakley, a former council president, who is still interested and active in Scouting. Mr. Oakley also gave and installed the camp's electric light system, which is such a convenience in the kitchen, dining room, hospital cub house, headquarters and wash rooms. Think of the change from the centuries when only the stars and the moon served to relieve the blackness of night in the forests of Pahaquarra.
We will now visit the old strip mine, crossing the creek, arid return by the trail leading to the Durling Ceremonial Grounds. This trail was built by the Scouts of the 1926 camp.
The Durling Ceremonial Grounds are used only for honor events. It is there that the meetings of the Wimachtendienk, a secret order of the Scouts, are held. No one can make application for membership in this order. Membership is an honor given to one out of every fifteen boys in camp and given only to those whom the officers and campers feel have best exemplified the ideal behavior of a scout. The site was formerly used by the barrel stave company as a log yard. From it a railroad ran to the mill.
Let us follow this old roadbed across Deer Creek. You will notice on your way many witch hazel bushes and large wild raspberry plants. Part of the original stave plant has been used for camp purposes and this new brick building makes a first class first aid station which has been named ,after Dr. A. W. Belting of Trenton, a great friend and generous supporter of Scouting.
Next to the First Aid Station was an old blacksmith shop which has now become a fine workshop. This is used in camp repair work and also in the craftsmanship classes. It is known as the Eppele Craftsmanship Shop, in honor of Mr. Frank J. Eppele, of Scout friendship and activity fame.
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