- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BROOKS, W.Va. (AP) - The National Park Service is hoping to turn a renovated Camp Brookside in Brooks in a future education institute.

The camp was originally built in the 1940s as a summer camp for children of Electro Metallurgical Company workers in Alloy. It was bought by the National Park Service in 1993.

Officials received funding in 2012 to restore the mess hall, seven cabins and the caretaker’s residence. Those restorations are nearing completion.

The National Park Service hopes to turn the site into a facility to address community and higher education needs such as a base camp for field research.

The Beckley Register-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ETdX7P ) that the decision to use the renovated camp as an educational facility stemmed from a roundtable meeting last week in Hinton.

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Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com

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