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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Castlewood in Hamlin County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

Camp DSE-224 Poinsett located on the east bank of Dry Lake

— Companies: 2751- August 4, 1934 to October 20, 1934 —

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, July 19, 2022
1. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
Inscription.  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 war veterans and enrollees (single men aged 17-25 who sent $25 of their $50 wage to their families). Camps and work projecis were supervised by another 2834 men. The Office of Indian Affairs sponsored the CCC-ID for South Dakota Tribes, housing 8405 men in youth boarding camps, home camps, and family camps.

Camp DSE-224 was one of thirteen camps established in South Dakota during 1934 to help combat the effects of the deep drought, severe dust storms, and depression. Company 2751, a newly organized company, arrived by train at Lake Norden at 5 am August 4. By night it had moved bags and baggage for 236 men and three army reserve officers to the camp site and erected the mess tent - the first unit of the tent camp. Soon the men started to develop the Hamlin County chain of lakes. They raised some shorelines to maintain a uniform
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level of water in all six lakes. They dug a channel that connected Dry Lake with Lake Poinsett while a sidecamp near Lake Mary did the same for it and Lake Norden. The company left by train from Estelline at 9:30 am October 20.
Erected 1992 by CCC Alumni, The South Dakota State Historical Society, and The South Dakota Departnent of Transportation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is August 4, 1934.
Location. 44° 36.167′ N, 97° 3.301′ W. Marker is near Castlewood, South Dakota, in Hamlin County. Marker is on 192nd Street (State Highway 28) near North Lake Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castlewood SD 57223, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hamlin Co. (a few steps from this marker); South Dakota Central Railroad (approx. 7.7 miles away); Larry D. Steffensen (approx. 7.8 miles away); Armed Services Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Castlewood, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away); Hamlin County South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away); Legend of the Separation of the Lakes
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, July 19, 2022
2. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
(approx. 10.6 miles away); 'Ol Spot Mortimer's Cabin (approx. 10.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castlewood.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2022, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2022, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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