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Near Johnson Siding in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

 
 
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 8, 2010
1. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
Inscription. Camp F-4: Pactola Campsite inundated by Lake Pactola. Companies: 1789--6/8/33-10/35 2748--5/25/36-1940

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal relief program during 1933-1942 that gave jobless men work renovating abused lands. The Army built 48 200-man camps in South Dakota and provided food, clothing, medical care, pay and programs of education, recreation and religion for 23,709 enrollees (single men aged 17-25 who sent $25 of their $30 wage to their families) and war veterans. Camps and work projects were supervised by another 2834 men. The Office of Indian Affairs ran small units for 4554 American Indians.

Camp F-4 was part of a national CCC program to renovate forests and build more recreational areas. Work projects, supervised by USDA Forest Service, included tree thinning, pruning and planting, fire prevention and suppression; rodent, insect and disease control; grazing land improvement and recreation area development. Enrollees removed dead, diseased, suppressed and excess trees (used for posts, poles and firewood) from hundreds of acres of pine leaving enough trees to produce good quality lumber. They removed flammable debris from forests and nearby areas and quelled forest fires. CCs built fire trails and roads and erected dams, wells and fences for livestock. They manned sidecamps to build more roads,
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 8, 2010
2. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
With Lake Pactola and a related marker in the background.
spread grasshopper bait, built Victoria dam and helped erect Sheridan dam.
 
Erected 1991 by CCC Alumni, the South Dakota State Historical Society, the State Department of Transportation, and the Black Hills National Forest.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 44° 4.141′ N, 103° 29.032′ W. Marker is near Johnson Siding, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on U.S. 385 0.1 miles north of Custer Gulch Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is at the visitor center for the Lake Pactola recreational area. Marker is in this post office area: Rapid City SD 57702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pactola Dam & Reservoir (approx. half a mile away); Water for a Thirsty West (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 4.7 miles away); Sheridan (approx. 7 miles away); The Black Hills Central Railroad (approx. 10.4 miles away); Hill City (approx. 10.7 miles away); Gutzon Borglum (approx. 12.6 miles away); a different marker also named Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 12.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnson Siding.
 
Related markers.
Nearby Related Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 8, 2010
3. Nearby Related Marker
A nearby related marker: E.C.W. Pactola Camp F-4 est. 5/18/33 Co 1789 ABC
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. (other Civilian Conservation Corps Camp markers)
 
Additional keywords. Great Depression
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Lake Pactola image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 8, 2010
4. Lake Pactola
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 864 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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