C - Tunnerville Work Center

The Tunnerville Work Center is the shop and barn area for the Grassland. At the end of the Dust Bowl era, it served as headquarters for the Soil Conservation Service’s efforts to revegetate the denuded prairie.

It was during this time that the Work Center received its name. Each morning, laborers would load onto trucks for the ride from Elkhart out to headquarters. They said they were “riding the Toonerville Trolley”, which was a phrase from a popular song of the times. Today you can see the results of these men’s labors, and those of many more workers that followed, in the rejuvenated prairies of the Cimarron National Grassland.