Daisy Farm concrete foundations

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Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Post by dcclark » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:59 pm

On my May trip to the island this year, I poked around the west side of Daisy Farm: Shelter #1 and the trail to the (new?) ranger's residence. Along the way, I found some mysterious concrete foundations. I'd like to know if anyone can tell me the history of them.

Here's Shelter #1, which is hidden behind some trees to the west of the dock. I didn't even realize it existed until this trip. The shelter appears to be built on (or almost next to) footings from some kind of tower. You can see three of them in this photo, and the 4th seems to be under the shelter's steps. There are the cut-off remains of some steel supports embedded in the concrete. I've seen these kinds of footings on fire towers and old lifeguard stations, but neither of those really make sense to build here.
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Shelter #1 tower footings
Following the trail along the harbor shoreline to the west, I found this footing, which looks like it could have been for an old dock. It's not that far from the current dock.
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Dock footing?
Following the trail, you eventually come to the ranger's residence (not to fear, there was no ranger in residence yet). Just behind that residence there's a short trail that leads to an outhouse, with an amusing sign warning that "This trail does NOT lead to Moskey Basin! Turn around and go back!" Of course, I wondered what the trail did lead to, so I followed it past the outhouse into a small clearing. At the edge of this clearing, I found this strange square footing with a notch cut into it. In the trees behind this one, there was another identical footing rotated at an angle. Out of all of these concrete artifacts, this is the one I can't figure out any explanation for.
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Mystery ruin behind ranger's residence
Does anyone have any idea what these could be?


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Re: Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Post by treeplanter » Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:32 pm

Just a guess, but there was a CCC camp location at Daisy Farm in the 1930's. Perhaps the concrete foundations are related to that.


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Re: Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Post by Midwest Ed » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:35 pm

I agree with treeplanter that most likely origin is the CCC camp. They were considered temporary then but they became quite large (in Island speak anyway). Here are 2 pictures of the Daisy Farm CCC Camp taken in 1938 and 1939:
Daisy Farm 1939 NVIC-30-205.jpg
Daisy Farm CCC Camp 1939
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Daisy Farm CCC Camp 1938
From what I've read, an even larger camp was first erected somewhere near Siskiwit Bay:
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Siskiwit CCC Camp 1938
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Re: Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Post by dcclark » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:42 am

Thanks, both! CCC origins make sense. There is a watertower in Ed's first photo that could account for the 4 concrete footings.

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Re: Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Post by hooky » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:40 am

dcclark wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:42 am
Thanks, both! CCC origins make sense. There is a watertower in Ed's first photo that could account for the 4 concrete footings.
And from that same picture of Ed's, the apron for the dock is your second picture.


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Re: Daisy Farm concrete foundations

Post by hooky » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:49 am

Midwest Ed wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:35 pm
I agree with treeplanter that most likely origin is the CCC camp. They were considered temporary then but they became quite large (in Island speak anyway). Here are 2 pictures of the Daisy Farm CCC Camp taken in 1938 and 1939:
Daisy Farm 1939 NVIC-30-205.jpg

Daisy Farm 1938 NVIC-30-131.jpg

From what I've read, an even larger camp was first erected somewhere near Siskiwit Bay:
Siskiwit CCC Camp.jpg
The CCC camp at siskiwit was near the Mead Logging camp which was near the long point fishery. You can see the location Near the bottom of this page

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