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Watford City in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Building From Hard Times

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
1. Building From Hard Times Marker
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The drought and depression of the 1930’s hit the badlands region hard. Small landowners, no longer able to eke out a living, sold their lands to the government with the hope of finding a new start elsewhere. Throughout the country, men were out of work.

National relief programs, such as the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.), Emergency Relief Administration (E.R.A.), and Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), were created to employ men and to accomplish conservation projects. Here in the badlands during the years 1934 to 1941, C.C.C. Companies 2767, 2771, and 2772 worked on projects on land now included in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the DeMores State Historic Site at Medora. Under the supervision of the Army and with the input of the National Park Service, the C.C.C. men built roads, trails, shelters, signs, picnic areas, and campgrounds, and accomplished conservation work. The E.R.A. and W.P.A. men worked on related projects.

Today, we may admire their accomplishments for the hard work and skills that they represent. More importantly, they remind us of the lessons to be learned from the Thirties: the need for wise
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By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
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conservation of the land and its resources.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironment. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 🏞️, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists.
 
Location. 47° 36.566′ N, 103° 22.675′ W. Marker is in Watford City, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker is on Scenic Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located at the River Bend Overlook in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watford City ND 58854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The View that Launched a Park (a few steps from this marker); Bentonitic Clay (approx. one mile away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 1˝ miles away); Man and Grass (approx. 1˝ miles away); Long X Cattle Trail (approx. 1.6 miles away); “Cannon Ball” Concretions (approx. 2.3 miles away); Edge of a Glacier (approx. 2.6 miles away); Roosevelt and the Boat Thieves (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Watford City.
 
More about this marker. Pictures of CCC workers building a cabin and a road appear on the marker.
 
Marker at the River Bend Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
3. Marker at the River Bend Overlook
Building From Hard Times Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 21, 2015
4. Building From Hard Times Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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