From the Archive, March 8, 2020

Crippled Crab Fun Facts

We thought we’d keep it simple this week with a couple of Crippled Crab fun facts. Amaze your friends with what you’re learning!

1) The Crab was built primarily with funds raised by the Nashville Kiwanis Club.

2) The Crab did not exist the Reservation’s first summer. The building was constructed in 1961 and dedicated Friday, July 28, 1961.

3) Originally, it was just referred to as the camp’s Administrative Building. “Crippled Crab” was the nickname that stuck because of the design. When E. B. Stahlman saw the model for the building, he said it looked like a Crippled Crab. Hence the name.

4) The design was by Faulkner Hickerson, Scoutmaster of Troop 99 and architect. The building was built by Foster-Creighton Company. Yes, that Creighton.

5) The concrete pad at the Crab did not arrive until the Willhite years, in the late 70s or early 80s. Before then, the area was graveled and the Crab Boys had to rake the gravel in the morning to make sure it looked good.

And the thing you’ve never heard before…
6) The Crab was designed to be drive-through. If you’ve ever wondered why that one window is so much lower than the others, it is because that was the registration window. Cars were supposed to pull up under the roof, up to that window, and the Crab would check-in the driver, who would then pull forward and go on into camp. Apparently, no one moved the road to make this plan actually work…


The Crippled Crab in the early 1970s

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