Now and Then, Part II
This week’s “Now and Then” takes us to Stahlman’s Waterfront. A waterfront is not an area you would think would change dramatically over the years, but as you can see here, you would be… well, mostly right, but a little wrong.
The top photo is Stahlman Waterfront in 1970. Note the large tree with a white sign on it. The sign says “Stahlman Waterfront” and marks the entrance to teh area. There is a double log fence and from there you can clearly see the L-shaped docks. The docks have wooden decks on metal frames. Just behind the tree you can barely make out the wooden lifegaurd tower. And, of course, in the distance, Explorer Island.
The bottom photo is Stahlman Waterfront in 2015. Only a stump remains of the tree and the while the “tower” is in the same place, it is a permanent rock structure. The docks start in the same place, but are made of different material and take a different formation. The fence is different now too. Also note the disability access trail to the waterfront, which would not even have been dreamed of in 1970, but was installed in 1995. And, of course, let’s not forget Explorer Island in the background. That is quite literally what 45 years of growth looks like.
Top: The Stahlman Waterfront in 1970; Bottom: the Stahlman Waterfront in 2015.
Now and Then, Part I
Taking a look at the old hanging sign inspired us to run a specific series for August, something we’re going to call “Now and Then.” The whole idea behind this particular series is pretty simple. As Boxwell is always evolving, we wanted to show some of the changes side by side. So, we’ll pick something mundane and put two photos side by side: something from several decades ago and today, or at least close to today.
In the spirit of something mundane, we thought we start with signs. The cedar planks that are routed out with the names of various locations are undeniably part of the “Boxwell aesthetic.” They help define how the camp looks and feels. But even these signs have gone through changes over the years.
On the left is the first major directional sign you see upon entering the reservation: the sign at the Cripple Crab pointing out where the different camps are located. This is how the sign looked in 1970. With the arrival of Camp Craig in 1973, the “Boxwell Reservation” plank was replaced with “Camp Edwin W. Craig.” From there the sign remained mostly unchanged until the 1994 Capital Development Campaign and the addition of CubWorld and the demise of Murrey
Since then it has slowly transformed into the picture on the right. This photo was taken in 2002, but the sign is largely the same today, all the way down to the security camera hiding in the shadow in the upper right corner. Notice that in this photo you can see the Health Lodge in the background, which didn’t exist when the 1970 photo was taken. Also, if you look closely, the Parnell and Light planks still appear to be the originals.
The sign at the Cripple Crab in 1970 and 2002.
As is always the case, when we get information about a staff member (former or current) in the news, we like to share it. Assuming it is good information, of course!
This week, we give you an update on a Rock Island Staff member, a former kitchen boy by the name of Buford “Booty” Reed. Booty is the Executive Director of the Dickson Housing Authority, an organization he has been working for since 1983. He was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 60 years–that’s right, 60 years–in Scouting.
The Entrance to Boxwell: More Kudzu
Here’s another post on the old hanging entrance sign. Just a little more on this and we’ll move on to something, we promise!
The sign here is after the 1972 Capital Development Campaign and the addition of Camp Craig. You can see the addition of a “Camp Edwin W. Craig” plank on the bottom of the sign. This is the way the entrance sign would look for approximately 20 years before it came down in the 1990s.
This photo also has one other point worthy of note. You can see that 1974–the year of the photo–was one of the years that an attempt was made to kill the kudzu on both sides of the road. If you’ve been out to camp recently, you’ve probably realized kudzu is an incredibly resilient plant!
The hanging entrance sign after the addition of Camp Craig.
The Entrance to Boxwell: Follow-up
Just a small follow up to Sunday’s post. Here is another, better photo of the hanging sign at the entrance to Boxwell. More importantly, it is an even better view of the crazy kudzu madness. Note that Camp Craig is not listed on the sign, so the kudzu growth here is all pre-1973.
More on the sign in the days to come!
Hanging Sign at the corner of Creighton Lane and Highway 109