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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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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 SeriesEldridge Hotel - Kansas - City of Lawrence

in American Guide Series

This very historic hotel is located at 701 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, Ks.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 3/14/2013

last visited: 3/14/2013

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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.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 3/18/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesDyche Museum - Kansas - City of Lawrence

in American Guide Series

Dyche Hall (Museum)is the home of the Kansas University Natural History Museum. It is located at 14th and Jayhawk Boulevard on the KU campus.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 3/14/2013

last visited: 3/14/2013

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American Guide SeriesGreen Hall - Kansas - Lawrence

in American Guide Series

Green Hall, now known as Lippincott Hall, is located at 1410 Jayhawk Blvd. on the campus of Kansas University in Lawrence, Kansas.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 3/17/2013

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.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 3/17/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesAdministration Building - Kansas - City of Lawrence

in American Guide Series

Strong Hall is a three-story terra-cotta clad building located at 1450 Jayhawk Blvd on the main Kansas University campus in Lawrence, Kansas.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 3/18/2013

last visited: never

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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.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 6/14/2013

last visited: 4/5/2014

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American Guide SeriesLeavenworth County Courthouse - Leavenworth, Ks.

in American Guide Series

The Courthouse is located at 300 Walnut in Leavenworth, Ks.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 6/16/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesNational Cemetery - Fort Leavenworth, Ks.

in American Guide Series

The Fort Leavenworth Cemetery is at the junction of !0th Cavalry Ave and Hancock Ave. It is the burial place of America's Finest.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 6/16/2013

last visited: 7/29/2013

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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 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.

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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 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.

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location: Missouri

date approved: 6/25/2013

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 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

Image for Marais Des Cygnes Massacre Monument - Trading Post, Ks.view gallery

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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.

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location: Kansas

date approved: 8/26/2014

last visited: 3/11/2013

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American Guide SeriesPony Express Stables - St. Joseph, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Also known as Pike's Peak Stables, it was in front of these stables the first Pony Express rider started the journey on April 3rd, 1860.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/27/2007

last visited: 12/12/2012

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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

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American Guide SeriesThe Madonna of the Trail Monument - Council Grove KS

in American Guide Series

This statue from the American Guide Series is the Madonna of the Trail Monument. It is located in a small park on East Main St (Hwy 56) at North Union St (Hwy 177) in Council Grove, Kansas.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria

location: Kansas

date approved: 6/7/2014

last visited: 3/12/2011

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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

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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 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 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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