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Helen in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Camp Lightfoot

 
 
Camp Lightfoot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
1. Camp Lightfoot Marker
Inscription.  Children in coal towns like Helen were sure to find many activities that kept them entertained throughout the year. Of course there was a theatre in town where the children watched the latest movie or serial. In the spring time, many could be found playing baseball, just as their fathers and older brothers were for the company. The game of marbles was also a favorite of children, and marble rings were found scratched in the dirt throughout town as boys and girls battled to build their own collection of marbles.
As the effects of the Great Depression hit the area, a social worker in Fayette County, and an employee of the Koppers Coal Company had a discussion on a street corner about their wishes for miners children to have the same mind and body building activities available to other school children. The idea of a camp was discussed, and two years later, in 1935, the camp became a reality. For the next five years, Koppers Coal rented the Fayette County 4-H Camp where children of their employees spent their summers. Seeing the success of the camp, they purchased 83 acres of land along the Greenbrier River in Summers County and in
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1941 Camp Thomas E. Lightfoot saw its first campers. For the next 43 years, children from coal camps of Koppers Coal (later Eastern Associated Coal), including those from Helen spent their summers enjoying activities such as crafts, nature study, swimming, boating, canoeing, riflery, archery, and other sports.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
 
Location. 37° 38.178′ N, 81° 18.872′ W. Marker is in Helen, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker can be reached from Foreman Bottom Road west of Tams Highway (West Virginia Route 16). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helen WV 25853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baseball (here, next to this marker); Helen (here, next to this marker); Miners Memorial (here, next to this marker); Helen Coal Miners Memorial (here, next to this marker); Helen, WV (here, next to this marker); Byrd Prillerman High School (approx. 2.3 miles away); Raleigh County / Wyoming County (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Mark Twain High School (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helen.
 
Camp Lightfoot Marker Photo image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
2. Camp Lightfoot Marker Photo
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Campers line up in front of the main building at Camp Thomas E. Lightfoot in the summer of 1965.
(Photos courtesy of the West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries)
Camp Lightfoot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, November 27, 2021
3. Camp Lightfoot Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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