Near Polkton in Anson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Brown Creek Soil Conservation District
First in America
The Brown Creek District included the plantation birthplace of Hugh H. Bennett, “father of soil conservation.” Bennett, born in 1881, graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1903, and became a soil surveyor in the Bureau of Soils, Department of Agriculture. Observing that soil erosion ruined much good land throughout the United States, Bennett slowly initiated a program to prevent this waste. On April 27, 1935, Bennett became director of the Soil Conservation Service, a position he held until his retirement in 1952. By this time soil conservation was a national concern, largely because of the work of Hugh Bennett and his associates.
The success of the soil conservation district program was due to local participation by farmers and landowners. Conservation districts were created throughout the United States. Bennett and his specialists worked with the farmers in the districts for an effective program.
The Brown Creek District was established in 1937. In May thirty local property-owners petitioned the State Soil Conservation
Erected 1962 by North Carolina Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number KK-1.)
Location. 34° 59.607′ N, 80° 10.006′ W. Marker is near Polkton, North Carolina, in Anson County. Marker is on Andrew Jackson Highway (U.S. 74) 0.4 miles west of Boylin Road (North Carolina Highway 1420), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The Brown Creek Soil Conservation District marker is located at a road side pull off only accessible from the westbound lanes of US-74 (Andrew Jackson Highway). Marker is in this post office area: Polkton NC 28135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leonidas L. Polk (approx. 2.7 miles away); Hugh Hammond Bennett (approx. 3.8 miles away); Anson County Training School (approx. 4.7 miles away); Boggan-Hammond House (approx. 5½ miles away); Thomas Samuel Ashe (approx. 6.1 miles away); Sherman's March (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ralf Freeman (approx. 8 miles away); A. R. Newsome (approx. 11½ miles away).
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Also see . . .
1. Brown Creek Soil & Water Conservation District. The Nation's First (Submitted on May 13, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. North Carolina has played an important role in the historical development of soil conservation and the Natural Resources Conservation Serivce. Hugh Hammond Bennett, the Father of Soil Conservation, was a native of North Carolina and the first Soil and Water Conservation District was founded in this state. (Submitted on May 13, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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