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 Americans....to 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.
|Placed By||Member cooperatives of the S.D. Rural Electric Association and the S.D. Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:46pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14T E 677705 N 4739343|
|Decimal Degrees||42.78603333, -96.82735000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 47.162', W 96° 49.641'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 47' 9.72" N, 96° 49' 38.46" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 31755-31799 469th Ave, Burbank SD 57010, US|
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