We have an areal photo of Crestridge that was taken in April of 1956. During the first summer, we did not have all that we do now. As you saw last week, the Dining Hall was being built. There was no gym. They didn’t have all the cabins we have now. There was no Bear Trap, Store, or even Riflery Range. Take a look at this picture and find all the things that have changed through the years (if you click on the picture, it will get bigger):
If you start at the bottom of the picture, the gate is past the Lodge instead of before it. There is no Kitchen Boys’ House, Horseback Cabin, Small Riding Ring, Landsports Hut, Store, Chapel, Crafts Building, Zipline, Slide, Blob, Gym, Cherokee Cabins, and the list goes on. The one cabin you see on Cherokee Hill started out as Arvine Bell’s house. We’ll talk more about that cabin in a later post. Something else that is interesting is the amount of “dead” space behind the lake towards the green. All the tall trees we have were not grown yet. You could see the mountains behind the lake.
We had the opportunity to take some aerial photos of camp in 2008 just before the new cabins and Bear Trap were added. These pictures didn’t turn out as good because there were still too many leaves on the trees, but you can see how much camp has grown since the beginning.
We sure do have a lot to be thankful for!