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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 SeriesCarnegie Library - Guthrie, OK

in American Guide Series

The Carnegie Library at 402 E. Oklahoma Avenue in Guthrie was the second Carnegie Library built in Oklahoma, and is the oldest still standing.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/22/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesJelsma Field - Guthrie, OK

in American Guide Series

This football field was spectacular in its beginnings as it is today. It is the home of the Guthrie High School Bluejays.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/27/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesFederal Jail - Guthrie, OK

in American Guide Series

The old Federal Jail is more commonly known locally as the Black Jail. The building is vacant and not in use at this time.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/22/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesThe Scottish Rite Temple - Guthrie, OK

in American Guide Series

This temple, constructed from 1920-1929 continues to be the state-wide focal point of Masonry in Oklahoma.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/25/2013

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesMineral Wells Park - Guthrie, OK

in American Guide Series

Mineral Wells Park is an historic park, established in 1890, 17 years before Oklahoma Statehood.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/22/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCentral State - Edmond, OK

in American Guide Series

Central State College, site of the first school of higher learning in Oklahoma, is now the University of Central Oklahoma.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/22/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesTower of Memories - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

At the center of Memorial Park Cemetery, this beautiful bell tower and its reflecting pool are a focal point of this area.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/22/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesThe State Historical Society Building - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

The WPA Guide gives a long, detailed description of the building and its contents. All of these items, I'm sure, can still be seen at their current location.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/7/2011

last visited: 8/3/2012

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American Guide SeriesOklahoma City University - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

OCU in 1941 was off to a good start, but You've come a long way, baby! The campus today, with its 60+ undergraduate majors and 12 graduate degrees is on the list of "America's Best Christian Colleges," and "100 Best College Buys."

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/7/2011

last visited: 7/18/2012

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American Guide SeriesThe U. of Oklahoma Medical School - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

This magnificent building has remained part of the University of Oklahoma medical complex since construction.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/14/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesSouthern Nazarene University - Bethany, OK

in American Guide Series

Known by several names over the decades, Bethany-Peniel College is now Southern Nazarene University.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/21/2012

last visited: 5/11/2014

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American Guide SeriesThe Shrine Temple - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

The India Temple Shrine is more commonly known as the Journal Record Building, and now houses the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 4/19/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesThe Federal Building - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

Covering a full half-block in downtown Oklahoma City, this building continues to house courts.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/14/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCounty Courthouse - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

One of several city and county buildings constructed by the Public Works Administration (PWA) in the 1930s.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/15/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesThe First National Building - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

When built in 1931 this building was said to be the fourth tallest building West of the Mississippi.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 4/9/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesThe Municipal Building - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

Appearing as it did in 1941 in the Guide, the Municipal Building still houses the Oklahoma City governing offices in the heart of downtown.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/30/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesMunicipal Auditorium - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

Built in 1937, this PWA project brought Oklahoma City an excellent venue for entertainment and social activities.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/14/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCarnegie Library - Perry, OK

in American Guide Series

Possible through a grant by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, this library building still operates as such.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/19/2012

last visited: 10/1/2013

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American Guide SeriesPublic Market - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

Originally built as a place for Oklahoma farmers to sell their goods, as well as for recreation, the building has continued to be used as a place for entertainment.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 3/24/2011

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesWill Rogers Courts - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

This large apartment complex, constructed in the late 1930s is still in full use today.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/10/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesStockyards and Packing Plants - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

Coordinates given are at the large overhead entrance gate which crosses Exchange Avenue, where it enters the stockyards area.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 9/3/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesLake Overholser - Oklahoma City, OK

in American Guide Series

Located west of the downtown area, just west of 23rd Street and N. Council, 700-acre Lake Overholser has a history as a water source and recreational area.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 1/20/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesGovernment Springs Park - Enid, OK

in American Guide Series

Government Springs Park was established in 1911 and was a thriving center of community activity in 1941 when "A Guide to the Sooner State" was written.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/21/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesFederal Building and Post Office - Enid, OK

in American Guide Series

This building, listed in the AGS in 1941 is still operating as a post office today.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/19/2012

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesGarfield County Courthouse - Enid, OK

in American Guide Series

The courthouse sits on a two-block town square, on beautifully landscaped grounds.

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location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/21/2012

last visited: never

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