First Rural Electric Cooperative

First Rural Electric Cooperative (HMQJC)

Location: Burbank, SD 57010 Clay County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 47.162', W 96° 49.641'

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On November 25, 1935, 17 farmers from Clay and Union counties held an historic meeting at the Manning/O'Connor store in Burbank, three miles south of this spot. Their purpose was to form a consumer-owned corporation which would allow the rural residents of this portion of southeastern South Dakota to provide themselves with central station electric service. At this meeting Clay-Union Electric, the first rural electric cooperative in South Dakota, was formed.

The establishment of Clay-Union Electric was made possible when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037, creating the Rural Electrification Administration (REA), on May 11, 1935. At the time nearly 90 per cent of rural America was without electricity.

The creation of REA was the first step in achieving a dream, shared by all rural have the convenience of electricity in their homes.

Obtaining that dream was not simple, but thanks to financial backing by REA, 99 per cent of rural America is now electrified. One thousand RECs serve 20,000,000 people nationwide. And in South Dakota, 33 RECs serve over 200,000 people.

This marker was erected May 11, 1985, by the member cooperatives of the S.D. Rural Electric Association and the S.D. Historical Society, to commemorate the signing of E.O. 7037. It is dedicated to the 17 founders of Clay-Union Electric, President Roosevelt and the thousands of unnamed individuals who struggles to bring electricity into the countryside.

Year Placed1985
Placed ByMember cooperatives of the S.D. Rural Electric Association and the S.D. Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:46pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 677705 N 4739343
Decimal Degrees42.78603333, -96.82735000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 47.162', W 96° 49.641'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 47' 9.72" N, 96° 49' 38.46" W
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Area Code(s)605
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31755-31799 469th Ave, Burbank SD 57010, US
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