And the farmland was poor, and farms were failing by the hundreds. The government began buying them out and building a forest out of barren land. There were several CCC camps in the Shawnee. There were over 140 in Illinois. Pomona was home to an all black CCC camp. I’ll post a list of links for people interested in the History of the Start of what is now the Shawnee. The first one is one of the best on the History in a nutshell.