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Near Arvilla in Grand Forks County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Project

 
 
Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Project Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 24, 2021
1. Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Project Marker
Inscription.  This commemorative plaque is placed in honor of the work performed by Company's 2770, 4737, and 764 of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) between 1934 and 1941 under the direction of the Nat'l Park Service. While the main project of these crews was development of the then "Grand Forks" State Park, the actual cam (SP-5) was located at Larimore, ND.

This plaque has been placed as a lasting monument to a group of young men, willing to give of themselves for the betterment of others and who chose the opportunity to work rather than accepting more handouts when times were tough. They gained social, intellectual, and occupational growth and the portion of their pay that was sent to their families made the burden of every day life in the "dirty thirties" a little easier.

CCC projects reclaimed abused land, reforested millions of acres of over-cut and burned-off forests and, in the case of Turtle River State Park, created a popular and long-lasting recreation area for future generations. We must remember that the engineers plans were only so much ink on paper until these young "dollar-a-day boys" turned them into a living, vibrant,
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reality. Every time a visitor uses the park there is a rededication to the history those young men were making, as much of their work is still evident today.

At the peak of CCC operations, in ND, there were 16 camps located throughout the state, near communities that could provide logistical support. Among the more enduring projects in ND were the Int'l Peace Garden; Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park; Fort Abraham Lincoln, Lake Metigoshe, and Turtle River State Parks.
 
Erected by Turtle River State Park, Melvin and Estelle Brandt, Chicago, Illinois, Gus and Helen Wageman, Larimore, North Dakota, Ted and Dolores Will, Bismarck, North Dakota, and H. Perry and Barbara Leland, Newburg Park, California.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list.
 
Location. 47° 56.28′ N, 97° 30.305′ W. Marker is near Arvilla, North Dakota, in Grand Forks County. Marker is on Park Avenue NE, 0.2 miles west of Wood Avenue. Located at Turtle State Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3199 Park Ave NE, Arvilla ND 58214, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. C.C.C. Memorial
Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Project Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 24, 2021
2. Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Project Marker
(here, next to this marker); Larimore City Hall (approx. 6 miles away); B-25J "Flo" (approx. 6.4 miles away); Missile Transporter Erector (approx. 6˝ miles away); Minuteman III ICBM (approx. 6˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Turtle State Park. (Submitted on October 13, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
 
CCC Memorial shelter image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 24, 2021
3. CCC Memorial shelter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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