First Rural Electric Cooperative
The establishment of Clay-Union Electric was made possible when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037, creating the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), on May 11, 1935. At the time nearly 90 per cent of rural America was without electricity.
The creation of REA was the first step in achieving a dream, shared by all rural Americans....to have the convenience of electricity in their homes.
Obtaining that dream was not simple, but thanks to financial backing by REA, 99 per cent of rural America is now electrified. One thousand RECs serve 20,000,000 people nationwide. And in South Dakota, 33 RECs serve over 200,000 people.
This marker was erected May 11, 1985, by the member cooperatives of the S.D. Rural Electric Association and the S.D. Historical Society, to commemorate the signing of E.O. 7037. It is dedicated to the 17 founders
Erected 1985 by Member cooperatives of the S.D. Rural Electric Association and the S.D. Historical Society.
Location. 42° 47.162′ N, 96° 49.641′ W. Marker is in Vermillion, South Dakota, in Clay County. Marker is on State Highway 50 near 469th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. There are actually two of these same signs in the area - one on the north side of SD Highway 50, east of 469th Avenue, and one on the south side of SD Highway 50, west of 469th Avenue. There are small pull-off areas next to each of the signs. Marker is in this post office area: Vermillion SD 57069, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bruyer Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Homestead Rest Area (approx. 2 miles away); The Great Missouri River (approx. 2 miles away); St. Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 5 miles away); Giants in the Earth Country (approx. 7.1 miles away); St. Paul Lutheran Church (approx. 7.3 Fort Brule (approx. 8 miles away); Mulberry Bend Scenic Overlook (approx. 8 miles away in Nebraska). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vermillion.
More about this marker. Both markers are in deteriorating condition. The one on the north side isn't as difficult to read as the one on the south side.
Regarding First Rural Electric Cooperative. The town of Burbank is located 3 miles south of SD Highway 50 off 469th Avenue.
Uncertain of Manning/O'Connor Store is still in existence in Burbank.
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