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Turtle River State Park

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1934 established. 3084 Park Ave., 2 miles east of Larimore
  • Historic bathhouse (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Turtle River State Park was established under the initiative of Russell Reid, superintendent of the State Historical Society of North Dakota from 1930 to 1965. Serving also as secretary of the State Parks Committee and state procurement officer for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Reid helped shape North Dakota’s fledgling state park system and state historic sites during the Great Depression. The original concept for this park treated the river as an integral feature of the design, allowing for shallow, low-level roadway crossings and a recreational swimming hole. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, a lodge was constructed as a combined dining hall and caretaker’s home that served until 2000, when it was severely damaged during spring

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Turtle River State Park", [Arvilla, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 85-86.

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