|City/Town: • Crossett|
|Location Class: • School|
|Year Built: • 1946 | Year Abandoned: • 1966|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Briana Pennington|
About a mile outside of Crossett, an old gated logging road now stands on what was once a finely kept drive leading into the old Crossett Yale Camp. Located in the beautiful pines of South Arkansas are eight small bunkhouses, a shower house, and a kitchen/dining area. Located in the dining area of the camp, is a large fireplace as the main point of the room, and painted in the Yale blue color, a “Y” as the camp’s main logo. The dining hall also served as a lecture area for lessons on forestry, as well as where students relaxed after a long day of research.
Yale Camp was built in 1946 by the Crossett Lumber Company after many years of Yale University coming to the area to study forestry and not having a permanent area for camp. Prior to the camp being built, students lived in sawmill dormitories across the county. When construction to Yale Camp was finished, the camp could accommodate as many as 24 students, although as a study group, usually only a group of 15 or 16 occupied the camp. Students came to the area to study forestry for many years until the camp closed in 1966 due to students becoming less interested in spending eleven weeks in a remote location so far from home.
Students came from areas ranging all the way from Canada, Australia, Africa, South and Central America, as far as Iraq and various American States. Although Yale Camp didn’t serve as a research facility anymore after 1966, it was still used as a camp for Girl Scouts, church functions, and many family gatherings as well. Many local families have shared their wonderful experiences at the camp for many summers that have passed. It was sure a great place to spend the day and learn from Girl Scout leaders, or just a place to relax and have good family fun with everyone.
Privately owned by a large company in Crossett now, the camp still stands and is in somewhat great shape. If not kept up though, it could soon just be a memory of the past for many students and residents of Crossett, AR.
If you have any stories or photographs of time spent at Yale Camp, please feel free to send them in.
Please remember the camp is gated off and trespassing is greatly discouraged.