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Old 10-17-2010, 07:34 PM
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Wildlife Waterhole - History?

While camping this weekend at S-Tree Campground in Daniel Boone National Forest (Just off the Sheltowee Trace), we took a short hike on the Renfro Loop. This area is in the Mill Creek Wildlife Management Area. While hiking on the Renfro loop from our campground, we saw this sign:

(If it is difficult to read, the sign says "WILDLIFE WATERHOLE To help our land grow more game. Cumberland National Forest)
I was curious about this sign because this forest is now called Daniel Boone National Forest, so I figured this sign must be older?

Also, you can (maybe) see in this second picture that there is a stone wall damming this pond. There are large, long pipes extending out to the left on stone pilings, which I assume are overflow pipes?

I am wondering if anyone knows anything about these "Wildlife Waterholes?"
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:48 AM
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In A Hole

I did some quick checking on the web
Though the web is a goldmine of info I found no specifics to answer to your question...yet.
I did find out that "Cumberland N.F." was established under that name in 1937.
In 1953, CNF came under the supervision of Robert F Collins a professional forester and history buff.
In 1966, Collins, an admirer of the Kentucky pioneer, succeeded in having the name changed to Daniel Boone NF.
This info gives a range of 1937 to 1966 for the name on the sign.
I'm also giving some credence to the possibility that the waterholes might have been constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp which operated between1933 and 1941.
My dad was in the CCC as a teenager and they did
a lot of these type of make work projects during the Great Depression.
You might consider contacting DBNF and ask about the history behind the water holes.
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