Situated on the outskirts of Marion, Ky., this Veteran Camp is one of the most praised CCC Camps in the Fifth Corps Area. This praise and admiration for Camp Marion is well deserved. Through the efforts of Captain Markolf, together with the co-operation of the Veterans enrolled at this camp, Camp Marion has grown from an ordinary CCC Camp into a very attractive one.
Contrary to the plans of most camps, Camp Marion is not laid out on a large plot of ground but is more compact yet with ample space being provided for the Veterans stationed here to enjoy the various recreational activities, such as croquet, horse-shoe pitching, tennis and soft ball.
The first thing that impresses the visiting public is, quite naturally, the orderly fashion in which the buildings are arranged. In order to camouflage the bottoms of the barracks, which are all set up off the ground approximately two feet, the Superintendent at this camp had the men dig a good bit of buck-bush from various farms and plant these bushes around each barracks. So far, Camp Marion is the only camp in the District that boasts of having hedges around the barracks.
One of the nice features of this camp is the Rio Rhine, a small stream that flows through the length of the camp, going under the officers quarters and running along the side of the kitchen. The Veterans have taken real pride in this stream. They dug out the bed and lined it with large flat stones, planted grass along the banks, constructed three bridges over this creek and built a railing using paper birch so that it tends to present a very pretty scene.
Words fail to describe our quadrangular court, which we have so appropriately named Esplanade. In the center of this esplanade is our flag pole and flag. On either side of the flag pole are various types of flower beds, consisting of half moons, stars and circles, planted with various flowers such as Cannas, Gladiolas, Rose Moss, Four O'Clocks, Dahlias, etc. A wonderful stand of grass which resembles a putting green on a golf course completes the esplanade.
This together with the well built walks, made of Fluor-Spar tailings surrounding the barracks, are some of the chief reasons Camp Marion is considered one of the most attractive camps in the Corps Area.