Watford City in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Building From Hard Times
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 conservation of the land and its resources.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 47° 36.566′ Touch for map. Marker is located at the River Bend Overlook in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Watford City ND 58854, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bentonitic Clay (approx. one mile away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 1½ miles away); Man and Grass (approx. 1½ 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); Slump Formation (approx. 3.7 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.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Environment •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.