Alcester in Union County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Civilian Conservation Corps Camp
Camp SCS-3 (DPE-211 in 1934): located in city park of NE Alcester. Companies: 2746--8/3-10/1/34 & 6/27/35-8/14/41; 4725V--8/15/41 - 5/27/42.
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.
Work was done on private land under the Soil Erosion Service and Soil Conservation Service. Enrollees in Company 2746 and WWI veterans in Company 4725V demonstrated soil and water conservation through terraces, pasture furrows, gully controls and contour farming to reduce run-off and erosion. They planted shelterbelts and used strip farming and rough tillage to reduce wind erosion, and built stock dams to conserve water and improve grazing utilization. In 1937, the men planted 7,050 trees in Union County State Park and established a tree nursery at Vermillion. Tours showing results aided in the organization of conservation districts in Clay, Union, Bon Homme and
Erected 1990 by CCC Alumni, The South Dakota State Historical Society, the State Department of Transportation and the Soil Conservation Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 43° 1.514′ N, 96° 37.681′ W. Marker is in Alcester, South Dakota, in Union County. Marker is at the intersection of 479th Avenue (State Highway 11) and 301st St, on the right when traveling north on 479th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Alcester City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Alcester SD 57001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alcester, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Archie M. Gubbrud (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 14˝ miles away).
Categories. • Charity & Public Work •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.