Pokagon State Park Pocket Museum
In 1934 Company 556 of the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived at Pokagon State Park. One of their first jobs was to build the park’s gatehouse. The site was recently turned into a pocket museum to commemorate the men who built it.
A ghostly life-size image of a corpsman stands guard in the window to greet visitors. Inside the original fireplace still stands, along with many artifacts from the bygone days of the CCC. Photos and plaques line the walls of the tiny structure, bringing to life the story of the corpsmen
The CCC operated on a system similar to the army. Enrollees wore military style clothes and used military equipment. They slept in barracks. Each bed had a footlocker to store all belongings from clothing to their cleaning supplies, canteens and mess kits.
In addition to building a beautiful park, the men often learned skills to use later in life, from finishing high school to skills like carpentry and masonry.
The museum is free. It is open to the public whenever an attendant is at the front gate of Pokagon.