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

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

 
 
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
1. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
Inscription.  Camp F-1 Mystic: Located at this spot
Companies: 760--6/29/33-10/20/34   2753--10/20/34-10/30/35
2763--10/30/35-1/20/36   1790--1/20/36-1/6/38

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 smaller units for 4554 American Indians.

Camp F-1 was part of a national CCC program to renovate forests and build more recreation areas. Work projects, supervised by the USDA Forest Service, included tree thinning, pruning and planting, fire prevention and suppression; rodent, disease and insect control; grazing land improvement and reclamation area development. Enrollees removed dead, diseased, suppressed and excess trees (used for posts, poles and firewood) from hundreds of acres of pine leaving
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enough trees to produce good quality lumber. They removed flammable debris from forests and nearby areas and quelled forest fires. CCs set up a sawmill in cooperation with Camp F-5 and produced lumber to build both camps. They surveyed forest boundaries; built firebreaks, firetrails, road and telephone lines (also used by local residents.)
 
Erected 1991 by CCC Alumni, the South Dakota State Historical Society and the Black Hills National Forest. (Marker Number 526.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the South Dakota State Historical Society Markers series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1933.
 
Location. 44° 2.083′ N, 103° 39.972′ W. Marker is near Mystic, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker is on Tigerville-Mystic Road, ¾ mile north of County Road 242, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hill City SD 57745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Castleton (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (approx. 3.1 miles away); Newton Lake CCC Camp (approx. 5.6 miles away); Not Just Any Old Railroad Line
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker, from the south image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
2. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker, from the south
(approx. 7.8 miles away); Black Hills Central Railroad's Famous Engine #7 (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Steam Locomotive (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Black Hills Central Railroad (approx. 8.4 miles away); Hill City Depot (approx. 8½ miles away).
 
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker, from the north image. Click for full size.
October 17, 2021
3. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker, from the north
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2021. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2021. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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