On December 16,1934 three rack trucks loaded with young men from the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp S-72, 196 Company at Sandisfield State Forest headed to church at St. Peter’s in Great Barrington on Route 23. When they reached three mile hill, the trucks lost control on the icy road. Four men were killed, one mortally wounded, and ten others injured. It was the worst single vehicle accident in the Southern Berkshires.
Sandisfield State Forest offers a beautiful loop trail around York Lake, kayaking and swimming. The CCC compound remains are still evident. The CCC is responsible for building all of our State Parks including Mount Greylock during the Great Depression, part of the “new deal”.
Special thank you to Alec Gilman and Kevin Titus along with DCR. We are so greatful for our Massachusetts State Forests. Our friend Mr. Tom Rugasa (General Knox Trail) proudly wore his #hikethehilltowns hat of course at the ceremony! Learn more mass.gov/dcr
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