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During the Depression, the federal government employed writers in the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration (WPA) to compile the first comprehensive guidebooks to the United States, the American Guide Series. Guides were published for the 48 states, Alaska, and countless cities. This category is for waymarking places referred to in the series.
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The American Guide Series was published in the 1930s-1940s, long before photography was easy to obtain and publish, so the books relied heavily on prose to describe America. Some of the best 20th-century writers, including Saul Bellows, Richard Wright, Studs Terkel and John Cheever, contributed to the Series. Most of the writing is surprisingly lyrical.

Each volume began with a lengthy background of history, art, architecture, economy, environment, racial relations and social life. Then the cities of the state were detailed, followed by driving tours down the US Highways across the state, from US 1 to US 90.

Most of the volumes are available on-line. If you are not able to locate a particular guide, email BruceS, one of the category officers, as he maintains a list of available guides

This category's goal is to find and waymark places referenced in the American Guide Series, transcribe the entry from the Guide Series, and tell how the place differs now (if it still exists).

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Instructions for Posting a American Guide Series Waymark:
The place must be referenced in one of the 320 books in the American Guide Series. Anyplace -- a hospital, prison, mission, Indian mound, neighborhood, or city --referenced in the Guides may be waymarked.

To choose which co-ordinates to use, you may have to use the maps in the Guides to reconstruct the old roadway routes. Put the waymark where the Guides put the place, which is usually at a specific mile marker or intersection.

Please follow the name of the waymark by the state. If you'd like to add the city or county, that's fine. Write whatever you'd like in the Short Description.

The Long Description should begin with the excerpt from the Guide that describes the place you're waymarking. To ensure a consistent format, italicize the excerpt, and follow with the name and year of original publication, i.e. "--- Texas A Guide to the Lone Star State, 1940"

After the excerpt, use whatever you would like to describe what the place is like now, how it is different than it was when the Guide was published. You may do this with either text or photographs, or both, but this work must be original (in other words created by you).

At least one original photograph of the place being waymarked must be in the gallery.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To log a Visit, please supply an original image of the Waymark.

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Image for William Joel Stone Monument – Nevada, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesWilliam Joel Stone Monument – Nevada, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Statue commemorating local politicians who served will both local, state, and federal offices, located on the Vernon County Courthouse grounds in Nevada, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 3/29/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCottey College – Nevada, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Small women's liberal arts and science college in Nevada, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 3/29/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesRadio Springs Park – Nevada, Missouri

in American Guide Series

City park in Nevada, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 3/29/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCamp Clark – Nevada, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Missouri National Guard training facility near Nevada, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 3/26/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesMarais Des Cygnes Massacre Monument - Trading Post, Ks.

in American Guide Series

This obelisk memorializes the victims of the Marais Du Cygne Massacre of 1858.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 8/26/2014

last visited: 3/11/2013

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American Guide SeriesMemorial Hall – Carthage, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Building constructed as a memorial to World War I veterans in Carthage, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/16/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesSite of the Battle of Carthage – Carthage, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Site of American Civil War battle, now a state historic site.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/15/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesMunicipal Market – Joplin, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Former municipal market buildings on the south side of Joplin's downtown.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Montana

date approved: 4/21/2015

last visited: never

Image for Nathan Boone House - Ash Grove, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesNathan Boone House - Ash Grove, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic home of Daniel Boone's youngest son Nathan now a Missouri State Historic Site located north of Ash Grove, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 10/27/2011

last visited: 12/16/2013

Image for Baxter Springs National Cemetery - Baxter Springs, Ks.view gallery

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American Guide SeriesBaxter Springs National Cemetery - Baxter Springs, Ks.

in American Guide Series

This 0.7 acre Soldier's Lot is part of the larger Baxter Springs Cemetery located west of town on US-166 and is overseen by Leavenworth National Cemetery.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 6/7/2014

last visited: 3/10/2013

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American Guide SeriesCity Park – Neosho, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Small municipal park in Neosho, Missouri

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/10/2015

last visited: never

Image for Federal Fish Hatchery – Neosho, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesFederal Fish Hatchery – Neosho, Missouri

in American Guide Series

National fish hatchery in Neosho, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/4/2015

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCivil War Soldiers Cemetery -- Lone Jack

in American Guide Series

The small town of Lone Jack saw an American Civil War border battle in 1862. A soldiers cemetery mentioned in the Writers guide is still there. Added is a small civil war museum. The battle of Lone Jack is interesting because of its participants.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Carpe Diem59

location: Missouri

date approved: 3/5/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesOld Courthouse - Warrensburg, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Commonly called the Old Johnson County Courthouse, this former courthouse is located in the old town square which is west of the current business district in Warrensburg, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/25/2007

last visited: 2/8/2008

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American Guide SeriesSite of General Nicholas Smith's Tavern - Springfield, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Marker for historic tavern along early road and stage coach route in Springfield, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/22/2012

last visited: 3/30/2013

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American Guide SeriesFranklin County Courthouse - Ottawa, Ks.

in American Guide Series

The historic Franklin County Courthouse, located at 315 S. Main Street, is a three story red brick building. The architect was George Washburn.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 6/14/2013

last visited: 4/5/2014

Image for Missouri Pythian Home - Springfield, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesMissouri Pythian Home - Springfield, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Known as the Pythian Castle this building has an interesting history in Springfield, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 10/31/2011

last visited: 3/29/2013

Image for Rosedale World War I Memorial Arch - Kansas City, Kansasview gallery

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American Guide SeriesRosedale World War I Memorial Arch - Kansas City, Kansas

in American Guide Series

Triumphal arch honoring veterans of World War I in the Rosedale section of Kansas City, Kansas.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Kansas

date approved: 11/29/2009

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesJackson County Courthouse - Independence, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic log courthouse in Independence, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 6/4/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesKansas City Livestock Exchange And Stockyards- Kansas City, Mo.

in American Guide Series

This nine-story building is located at 1600 Genessee Street in the Kansas City Stockyards District.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Missouri

date approved: 6/25/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesSoldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Building - Kansas City, Ks.

in American Guide Series

This three-story brown brick building is located at 701 N 7th in Kansas City, Ks.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 6/16/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesWyandotte County Courthouse - Kansas City, Ks.

in American Guide Series

This is a six-story dressed limestone building located at 710 N 7th Street in Kansas City, Ks.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 6/16/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesOak Hill Cemetery - Lawrence, Ks.

in American Guide Series

Oak Hill Cemetery is located at 1605 Oak Hill Avenue in Lawrence Kansas

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location: Kansas

date approved: 6/7/2014

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesPioneer Statue - Kansas - City of Lawrence

in American Guide Series

This sculpture is tucked away south of Fraser Hall and amid some historic green space on top of the main campus of the University of Kansas.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 3/18/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesWatson Library - Kansas - City of Lawrence

in American Guide Series

The Watson Library is the main library for the University of Kansas. It is located at 1425 Jayhawk Blvd. in Lawrence, Ks.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 3/17/2013

last visited: never

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