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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 Old Courthouse - Warrensburg, Missouriview gallery

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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 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 SeriesChrist Episcopal Church - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic Episcopal church in Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/26/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

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American Guide SeriesPublic Library and Historical Association Building - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic church then library now museum in Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/26/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

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American Guide SeriesWentworth Military Academy - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic military high school and junior college in Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/30/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

Image for Lafayette County Courthouse - Lexington, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesLafayette County Courthouse - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic county courthouse in Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/26/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

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American Guide SeriesPioneer Mother Monument - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Statue of a pioneering woman also known as the "Madonna of the Trail" in Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/30/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

Image for Lexington Battlefield - Lexington, Missouriview gallery

NN48.6 km

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American Guide SeriesLexington Battlefield - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Civil War battlefield on the north side of Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/26/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

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American Guide SeriesAnderson House - Lexington, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic house which served as hospital during the Civil War now part of the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/26/2011

last visited: 8/15/2007

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American Guide SeriesWaverly Missouri, an historic Missouri River town

in American Guide Series

Waverly Missouri hasn't grown at all since the Missouri Writers Guide was published. Apples,peaches, and grain storage are big now and there is a new General Shelby Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Carpe Diem59

location: Missouri

date approved: 11/21/2009

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesPioneer Cemetery Richmond, Missouri

in American Guide Series

An historic cemetery that lies a little northwest from the town square in Richmond, Missouri has new life and a monument to Mormon pioneers; but, it also contains the gravestone of the notorious civil war guerrilla leader "Bloody Bill" Anderson.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Carpe Diem59

location: Missouri

date approved: 8/14/2009

last visited: 7/11/2007

Image for Jackson County Courthouse - Independence, Missouriview gallery

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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 SeriesSappington Cemetery - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic cemetery near Arrow Rock, Missouri, the Sappington Cemetery houses the graves of prominent pioneer physician Dr. John Sappington and two former Missouri governors, Meredith Miles Marmaduke, and Claiborne Fox Jackson.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/6/2008

last visited: 6/5/2012

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American Guide SeriesCarrollton Missouri and Gen. James Shields Monuments

in American Guide Series

Mexican War hero, Union Civil War General,and the only man to represent three states in the United States Senate (Illinois,Minnesota, Missouri) is remembered by two exquisite monuments here.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Carpe Diem59

location: Missouri

date approved: 11/21/2009

last visited: 8/27/2014

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NENE72.9 km

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American Guide SeriesWilliam B. Sappington House - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic house also known as Prairie Park located southwest of Arrow Rock Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/6/2008

last visited: 4/21/2013

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American Guide SeriesArrow Rock Cemetery - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Town cemetery for the historic town of Arrow Rock, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/6/2008

last visited: 4/21/2013

Image for Arrow Rock Big Spring - Arrow Rock, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesArrow Rock Big Spring - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Important spring along the Santa Fe Trail in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/5/2008

last visited: 7/14/2012

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American Guide SeriesOld Tavern - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic tavern known as the Huston Tavern is located in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/5/2008

last visited: 6/5/2012

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American Guide SeriesArrow Rock Jail - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Small single cell stone jailhouse in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/6/2008

last visited: 4/21/2013

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American Guide SeriesGeorge Caleb Bingham House - Arrow Rock, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic home of George Caleb Bingham, American realist artist, is listed as a National Historic Landmark in Arrow Rock, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 2/6/2008

last visited: 7/14/2012

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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 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 SeriesWALTER MUNDY FARM - Boonsboro, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Now known as Boone's Lick State Historic Site.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/5/2010

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.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions

location: Kansas

date approved: 6/16/2013

last visited: never

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