Turtle River State Park – Arvilla ND

City:
Arvilla, ND

Site Type:
Parks and Recreation, Forestry and Agriculture, Infrastructure and Utilities, Lodges, Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers, Swimming Pools, Paths and Trails, Picnic and Other Facilities, Bathhouses, Roads, Bridges, and Tunnels, Dams, CCC Camps

New Deal Agencies:
Work Relief Programs, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Started:
1935

Description

ParkRec.nd.gov:
“Established in 1934, Turtle River State Park was one of a number of new parks built in North Dakota under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” programs. …

In 1935, a CCC transient work camp, SP-5, was built in Larimore. It initially housed 185 young men, along with their commanding officers. They were assigned to build a new park nearby, originally called Grand Forks State Park.

CCC construction projects in the park included bridges, roads, parking areas, foot paths and a number of stone and log buildings, many of which are still in use today. One of their notable achievements was the construction of a fieldstone dam, swimming hole and bathhouse. The bathhouse was later converted into the CCC Memorial Picnic Shelter, and the swimming hole was closed due to public safety concerns.”

Source notes

https://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/trsp/history.html https://apps.library.und.edu/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=58

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 28, 2015.

Location Info


3084 Park Ave. NE
Arvilla, ND 58214

Coordinates: 47.935, -97.494

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