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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 email BruceS, one of the category officers, 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 Dr. B.J.Kendall Company - Enosburg Falls, Vermontview gallery

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American Guide SeriesDr. B.J.Kendall Company - Enosburg Falls, Vermont

in American Guide Series

Snake oil?

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 6/11/2009

last visited: 8/18/2013

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American Guide SeriesSweat-Comings Company - Richford, Vermont

in American Guide Series

High quality furniture manufacturer

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 8/1/2009

last visited: 8/18/2013

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American Guide SeriesSt. Albans Free Library - St. Albans, Vermont

in American Guide Series

There have been a few changes...

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 6/11/2009

last visited: 9/15/2012

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SWSW24.8 km

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American Guide SeriesTaylor Park - St. Albans, Vermont

in American Guide Series

Not much has changed...

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 11/2/2008

last visited: 5/4/2014

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American Guide SeriesGreenmount Cemetery - Burlington, Vermont

in American Guide Series

Very much the same...

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 11/2/2008

last visited: 7/27/2014

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American Guide SeriesCorner of Church & College - Burlington, Vermont

in American Guide Series

This one's a puzzler

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 11/13/2008

last visited: 4/30/2014

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American Guide SeriesCity Hall - Burlington, Vermont

in American Guide Series

Built in 1926 for $600,000. There are houses in the city that cost more than that.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Vermontish

location: Vermont

date approved: 6/5/2009

last visited: 4/30/2014

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American Guide SeriesNew York State World War Memorial Highway - Wilmington, NY

in American Guide Series

New York State World War Memorial Highway winds its way up Whiteface Mountain from NY Route 431 west of Wilmington, NY.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lightnin Bug

location: New York

date approved: 9/18/2010

last visited: 6/8/2014

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American Guide SeriesLiberty Gorge - Franconia Notch, NH

in American Guide Series

Liberty Gorge is a beautiful place along Franconia Notch State Park's Flume Gorge walking trail.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lightnin Bug

location: New Hampshire

date approved: 11/21/2010

last visited: 6/19/2013

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American Guide SeriesFlume Gorge - Franconia Notch, NH

in American Guide Series

The Flume Gorge is a geological wonder in the Franconia Notch area.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Lightnin Bug

location: New Hampshire

date approved: 11/21/2010

last visited: 6/19/2013

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