Our recent heavy snow followed by repeated freeze-thaw cycles no doubt was the immediate killer. Andre Weltman, chairman, Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park The double fence erected in 1945 for the Japanese prisoner compound has been discovered southeast of the church camp swimming pool.I guess there's not much else to say at this point... This fence ran south to north directly to the new guard tower added at that time.Walk south from this spring-head box to see the ground lines from the Japanese fence addition.Follow the fence lines to the other side of the fallen tree to see a man-made... It is a short column of concrete and stone which doesn't seem to serve a purpose, but I have a theory about what it could be.While I was there I walked the camp to examine the results of herbicide treatment over most of the area west of Michaux Road.What a difference to see the camp with the barberry and some of the other invasive plants all dead.The tiny deer tick can transmit Lyme Disease and other illnesses, so you should try to avoid brushy areas or leaf litter where these ticks may be abundant.Wear long pants and sleeves and check your skin and clothes frequently for ticks.
Tools needed will include loppers, trimmers, saws and chainsaws. For any of you who would like to go up on your own the following areas need attention: Probably best to leave the sad remnants where they are (two still-standing "columns" and rubble on the ground) as a case study in the loss of another little piece of our shared local heritage.
It also reveals more of the foundations and other remains of the old camp buildings.
I am fairly certain the footprint of the barracks building farthest to the northwest is now visible.
We now have a complete description of these fading lines from history.
Altenritter is a suburb of Kassel in the Northern Hesse region of central Germany.