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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 Arrow Rock Cemetery - Arrow Rock, Missouriview gallery

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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

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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 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 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 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

Image for Lewis Library - Glasgow, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesLewis Library - Glasgow, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic library in Glasgow, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/23/2010

last visited: 4/21/2013

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American Guide SeriesRivercene - New Franklin, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic Second Empire style house in rural Howard County, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 5/5/2010

last visited: 8/13/2010

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American Guide SeriesLILAC HILL - Fayette, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic farm house also known as Lilac Hill near Fayette, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2010

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesMorrison Observatory - Fayette, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic observatory located in Fayette, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2010

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCentral College - Fayette, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Private college known known as Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/22/2010

last visited: 4/21/2013

Image for Fayette, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesFayette, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Small central Missouri town.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/22/2010

last visited: 4/21/2013

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American Guide SeriesJUDGE ABIEL LEONARD HOUSE - Fayette, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic house built 1834-36 on the outskirts of Fayette, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/22/2010

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesRocheport, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Rocheport is a small Missouri River town which is listed in its entirety as an historic district.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 1/27/2008

last visited: 1/5/2012

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American Guide SeriesRocheport Community Hall - Rocheport, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Former Baptist church which has been converted to the Community Hall for Rocheport, Missouri in 1928.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 1/27/2008

last visited: 6/19/2011

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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

Image for Site of Boone's Lick Trail - Columbia, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesSite of Boone's Lick Trail - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Granite marker for the historic Boone's Lick Trail in Columbia, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/2/2008

last visited: 4/21/2013

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American Guide SeriesIONIC COLUMNS - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

The traditional symbol of the University of Missouri, "The Columns" were part of the first building built on campus.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2008

last visited: 11/5/2013

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American Guide SeriesJesse Hall - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Main administrative building at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2008

last visited: 11/5/2013

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American Guide SeriesSwallow Hall - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Historic former Geology Building, now housing the Museum of Anthropology and the Department of Anthropology on campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2008

last visited: 11/5/2013

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American Guide SeriesThomas Jefferson Original Grave Stone - University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Original gravestone which marked the third President of the United States grave, Thomas Jefferson, located in Jefferson Garden on Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2008

last visited: 7/4/2012

Image for University Library Building - University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesUniversity Library Building - University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Main library building for the University of Missouri.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2008

last visited: 7/4/2012

Image for Memorial Tower - University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouriview gallery

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American Guide SeriesMemorial Tower - University of Missouri - Columbia, Missouri

in American Guide Series

Gothic tower built as a memorial to the students who died as servicemen in World War I.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

location: Missouri

date approved: 4/20/2008

last visited: 7/4/2012

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