Historic camp to be sold

The nearly 125-year-old Stella Cooper Memorial Tabernacle, part of Crystal Springs Camp and Retreat Center in Pokagon Township, is pictured in 2014. The camp, including the tabernacle, will be put up for sale in October.

DOWAGIAC — The United Methodist Church’s decision to first close and now sell the Crystal Springs Camp and Retreat Center near Dowagiac has left people wondering what’s next for the nearly 160-year-old church camp.

The camp is located on 65 acres along the Dowagiac River in Sumnerville, south of Dowagiac. It was dedicated on Aug. 10, 1860 as the Big Springs Campground in recognition of the springs in the middle of the property. The name was changed to Crystal Springs in 1874.