Camp Hedges, Arkansas

This brass token was used by members of the CCC stationed at Camp Hedges in Stone County, Arkansas. The coins reads:

CAMP HEDGES / 743 / CCC
GOOD FOR / 5 ¢ / IN TRADE

No other denominations are known from Company 743. These tokens are scarce. According to my records, only one example was sold on eBay in 2019 or 2020.

Hedges is an historic community in the Ozark National Forest. The camp was built during the Great Depression as part of the New Deal. The Civilian Conservation Corp program provided jobs for young men.

Camp Hedges built roads, bridges, dams, trails, and campgrounds. Some of that infrastructure still stands today, including Gunner Pool dam. Camp members also fought forest fires and did conservation work in the Sylamore District of the national forest.

References: https://encyclopediaofarkansas.net and Manderscheid catalog of CCC tokens (see references).

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