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Near Tuthill in Bennett County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, July 18, 2019
1. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
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Camp BF-3: located 1 mile E, 4 miles S, 1 mile W & 5 miles S
Company: 4723 May 1937-Fall 1939

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 operated smaller units for 4554 American Indians.

Camp LaCreek was part of a national CCC program to develop waterfowl refuges. Supervised by the Bureau of Biological Survey the CCC and WPA developed 9302 acres of LaCreek National Wildlife Refuge from a natural marsh and several ranches. They built levees, roads, boundary fence and an observation tower and planted shrubs, trees, marsh plants and small grains creating 11 pools with water, food and cover for wildlife. Today the 16,410 acres provide habitat for 250 species of birds and 50 other
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, July 18, 2019
2. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Marker
animals. LaCreek is home for thousands of waterfowl, pelicans and, in winter, to 250 trumpeter swans. Twice a year large flocks of migrating birds rest there. White tailed and mule deer, ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and many species of fur-bearing animals also live and reproduce there.
 
Erected 1991 by CCC Alumni, The South Dakota Historical Society, The South Dakota Department of Transportation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 43° 12.904′ N, 101° 30.773′ W. Marker is near Tuthill, South Dakota, in Bennett County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 18 and State Highway 73 on U.S. 18. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23005, Tuthill SD 57574, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2019, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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