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Description:
On May 6, 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to employ the millions of Americans left unemployed by economic depression. This category is to waymark the projects created by the people employed by the WPA agency.
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On May 6, 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the largest and by far most comprehensive of the New Deal agencies. The goal of the WPA and other federal employment agencies such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the CWA (Civil Works Administration), was to provide work for the millions of unemployed Americans during the great depression of the 1930s.

Anyone who needed a job could apply, and the hourly wages were the prevailing wages in the area. Over 8.5 million Americans were hired through WPA to work on projects such as building bridges, dams, public buildings and roads. There were also important cultural works done by the WPA's Federal Arts Program, Federal Writer Project, Federal Music Project, Federal Theater Project, and the Historical Records Survey.

The WPA programs were retired by 1943 because WWII improved employment in the United States, but the legacy of the eight years of this program remains today in the art and the structures it funded.

Waymark submissions to this category should be of physical structures or artworks created by workers of the WPA or of museums, monuments and historic markers commemorating the work of the WPA. Roads and sidewalks should not be waymarked, however if there is a historical marker about the WPA's work on a particular road, that is acceptable.

*UPDATE 4/26/13* Individuals submitting WPA waymarks to this category are highly encouraged to submit WPA (and CCC) projects to the Living New Deal archives which reside within the University of California at Berkley's web domain. This department has a wonderful interactive map of a growing list of New Deal projects across America that can be submitted by anyone who wants to aid the department in their goal of documenting, preserving and publicizing New Deal projects. (If you have any Q's or want additional information on how to submit a WPA/CCC Project to UC Berkley's Living New Deal archives, you may message WPA Projects officer, thebeav69, and he will gladly help).

Projects created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) should be waymarked in the CCC category. Another great category for WPA endeavors is the American Guide Series category based on travel guides created by the WPA Federal Writer Project.

(edit, Sept. 21, 2007) Projects created by the PWA (Public Works Administration and also known as the Administration of Public Works) are also accepted in this category. Although we realize the programs are separate they are similar. The PWA was a Congress-approved predecessor to Roosevelt's WPA and it lasted from 1933-1934.

(edit, Dec. 28, 2013) Projects created by the CWA (Civil Works Administration) are now accepted in this category. The CWA was also a Congress-approved predecessor to the WPA and it lasted from 1933-1934.

Instructions for Posting a WPA Projects Waymark:
Required:
  • coordinates
  • your own photograph of the waymarked item
  • name
  • project type
  • condition
  • information about the waymarked item
  • title of waymark must be in following format name of building or project - city, state
Optional but appreciated:
  • location (such as a park or building where you'll find the item)
  • city
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To help give a different perspective and to better the waymark for future visitors please tell us about your visit and upload a favorite photograph you took of the waymark.

Although visiting this waymark in person is the only thing required of you to receive credit for your visit, taking the time to add this information is greatly appreciated.
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The stone bridge spans over Lake Clara in Mineral Palace Park in Pueblo, CO

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mr.volkswagen

location: Colorado

date approved: 3/9/2011

last visited: 8/9/2014

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The bandshell is located in Mineral Palace Park on the edge of Lake clara in Pueblo, CO.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mr.volkswagen

location: Colorado

date approved: 3/9/2011

last visited: 8/9/2014

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Superintendent Dr. Frank Zimmerman used the WPA to help erect buildings for the hospital and dairy farm.

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location: Colorado

date approved: 9/7/2014

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This marker honors the work done to build flood control barriers alongside the creek in the downtown area.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ronjean

location: Colorado

date approved: 5/9/2011

last visited: never

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This Post Office, built in 1935 as a WPA Project, is located at 401 N 9th Street in Rocky Ford, Colorado.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz

location: Colorado

date approved: 2/13/2013

last visited: never

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Perry Stokes Airport (formerly Trinidad Airport) was established in 1936 as a WPA project.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member IJAdventures

location: Colorado

date approved: 4/2/2013

last visited: never

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This project had workers producing more than 450.000 bricks on-site

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1

location: Colorado

date approved: 6/25/2010

last visited: 6/28/2012

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Though it took many years, this US Post Office was built in 1939 by WPA Funds

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1

location: Colorado

date approved: 5/15/2011

last visited: never

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Located in Historic Raton, NM

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mr.volkswagen

location: New Mexico

date approved: 1/24/2009

last visited: 3/3/2008

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