Garretson in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Festival of Progress
The Reconstruction Finance Corporation. (RFC) granted a $410,000 relief loan to South Dakota in 1932, the third year of the Great Depression, Garretson became one of five towns in the county allotted funds.
Its City Council then proposed to give work to 47 unemployed men by building a dam "across Split Rock River." RFC funds were to be used for wages with SD Fish & Game to provide materials. Men were not paid in cash, only in orders for food and clothing from local merchants.
In 1935 Works Progress Administration (WPA) replaced the RFC. It approved Councils plans
to build a stone bath house, add four feet in height to the dam, prepare a beach, and build a "bridge across Gulch stream."
Garretson celebrated the completion of its new civic projects during a, three-day "Festival of Progress" that began July 16, 1936. On opening day almost 7000 persons attended while five high school bands gave concerts. New improvements formally dedicated were Split Rock Park, including the dam and bath house, the stone fishing bridge, and a municipal airport. The woman who submitted
Erected 2011 by City of Garretsonk The Garretson Historical Society, and the Minnehaha County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
Location. 43° 43.299′ N, 96° 30.086′ W. Marker is in Garretson, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker is on Park Road. Marker is located in Split Rock Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Garretson SD 57030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garretson (approx. ¼ mile away); 1908 Palisades Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Minnehaha County (approx. 8 miles away); The City of East Sioux Falls (approx. 14½ miles away); Arrowhead Park (approx. 14.7 miles away).
Additional keywords. Works Progress Administration
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.