Huron in Beadle County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Camp SCS-4 (Huron): located on SE corner of State Fair Grounds. Companies: 2770--10/31/35-10/7/37; 4725V--10/7/37-8/15/41.
The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal work - relief program during the Great Depression. From 1933 to 1942, the CCC provided work for 31,097 jobless men in South Dakota--about 22,000 enrollees (single men aged 17-25), about 1,700 veterans, 4,554 American Indians and 2,834 supervisors. The U.S. Army provided 200-men camps, food, clothing, medical care and pay, and educational, recreational and religious programs. The Office of Indian Affairs provided similar services for units on Indian reservations.
Camp personnel worked on private land under supervision of the Soil Conservation Service. North Dakota enrollees of Company 2770 and WWI veterans of Company 4725V developed the 190,000-acre Wolsey-Shue Creek erosion project (the first in SD) and the Karnstrum demonstration farm 3 1/2 miles NE of Wolsey. They used shelterbelts, cover crops, rough tillage and strip farming to control erosion, and built stock dams to improve grazing utilization. They built Third Street Dam in Huron, Lake Dudly Dam near Hitchcock, and Lake Dakota Dam and Boy Scout Camp near Miller. Tours showing results aided in organization of soil conservation districts in Beadle, Clark and Spink Counties.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 44° 21.785′ N, 98° 13.809′ W. Marker is in Huron, South Dakota, in Beadle County. Marker is on 3rd Street Southwest west of Livestock Ave, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huron SD 57350, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Where Does the West Begin?/ Here the West Begins (within shouting distance of this marker); "French Boxcar" (within shouting distance of this marker); Huron, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line).
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.