During the 1930s, drought brought unrelenting clouds of dust to Kansas and the rest of Great Plains. The state’s unemployment rate was 26 percent in 1932.
That's when President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the New Deal and his alphabet agencies to put people to work.
From 1933 to 1942, one of those agencies, the Civilian Conservation Corps, brought workers together throughout the nation to build conservation and environmental projects.
One of those projects was the Marion County Lake. In 2002, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, not only because of its connection to FDR's New Deal but also because of who constructed it.
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It was built by more than 250 black veterans of the Spanish-American War and World War I.
They arrived in 1936 and stayed until 1939. Using mules and, later, steam—powered shovels, they built a dam and roads, wearing World War I uniforms and earning only $30 a month.
Their efforts were praised by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who arrived by train near Florence to observe the workers, Helen Beckham said.
Question: In 2004, what did a group of Kansans do to honor the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps who constructed Marion County Lake?
Answer to Friday’s question: Clyde Tombaugh confirmed the 33-day rotation period of Mercury
During his career he also discovered six star clusters, two comets, 775 asteroids and more than 30,000 galaxies.
Check back at Kansas.com Sunday for the answer to today’s question.