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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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American Guide SeriesOld Fort Davis -- Fort Davis TX

in American Guide Series

Old Fort Davis -- now operated by the National Park Service and in a lot better shape in 2016 than when the WPA writers visited in the 1930s

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesMcDonald Observatory -- near Fort Davis TX

in American Guide Series

The McDonald Observatory - a cool science-y place to visit when the WPA writers showed up in the 1930s, and when Blasterz dropped in in 2016

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesPaisano Pass -- US67/90 13 miles E of Marfa TX

in American Guide Series

In the 1930s, WPA writers came through Paisano Pass on their way on the US 90 to Marfa. In 2016, Blasterz did too

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesToyahvale & Balmorhea State Park -- Toyahvale TX

in American Guide Series

Balmorhea State Park - home of a freezing cold yet amazing CCC-built swimming pool

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesSan Solomon Springs -- Balmorhea TX

in American Guide Series

The San Solomon Springs and cienega -- restored to the beautiful place it was when the WPA writers saw it in the 1930s.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesBallinger -- Ballinger TX

in American Guide Series

Ballinger owes its existence to the railroad, but fortunatey the decline of the railroad did not do irreparable economic harm to this quaint west Texas town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesOld Fort Stockton -- Fort Stockton TX

in American Guide Series

Old Fort Stockton -- in better shape in 2016 than in 1940, when the WPA writers visited

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesFort Stockton -- Fort Stockton TX

in American Guide Series

Fort Stockton Texas is one of Mama Blaster's favorite towns in West Texas. It seems the WPA writers thought it was pretty spiffy too.

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesSonora -- Sonora TX

in American Guide Series

Sonora is much the same as when the WPA writers visited in 1940.

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesOzona -- Ozona TX

in American Guide Series

The leafy Crockett County Courthouse square is mentioned in the WPA's Texas guidebook

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesRoosevelt -- Roosevelt TX

in American Guide Series

WPA writers visited Roosevelt -- tiny then and now

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesFort Lancaster -- SH 290 near Sheffield TX

in American Guide Series

The ruins of Fort Lancaster - piles of rock in 1940 when the WPA writers visited, now nicely interpreted for visitors

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesShafter - Shafter TX

in American Guide Series

In 1940, Shafter was a busy mining town. Ten years after the WPA visited, it was a ghost.

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesCastle Gap -- US 67, McCamey TX

in American Guide Series

Castle Gap, an important local landmark, along the US 67 on the McCamey TX side of the gap

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesBig Lake -- Big Lake TX

in American Guide Series

The WPA writers visited Big Lake Texas, and commented on its namesake sink, still dry then as now

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesCamp Grierson Memorial -- Big Lake TX

in American Guide Series

Big Lake TX gets a mention in the 1940 WPA Guide to the Lone Star State

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesTexon -- US 67 at FM 1675, W of Big Lake TX

in American Guide Series

The town of Texon, bustling in 1940, a 50-year ghost in 2016

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesRankin -- Rankin TX

in American Guide Series

Although accurate, the WPA writer's assessment of Rankin for the Texas guidebook still had to sting

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesMcCamey -- US 385 1 Mile N of McCamey TX

in American Guide Series

McCamey -- looks quiet now, but in 1940 it was still wild and wooly (as the WPA writers tell us)

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesSierra del Carmen -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The enchanting Sierra del Carmen Mountains, which must be beautiful at sunset later in the year when the sun angle is better

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesTerlingua -- Terlingua TX

in American Guide Series

Terlingua TX, a busy mining town in 1940 when WPA writers visited, and a ghost town in 2016 when Blasterz visited

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesElephant Tusk - Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The Elephant Tusk, which the 1940 WPA writers also knew as Indianola Peak in Big Bend

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesPommel Peak -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Pommel Peak, a landmark in the Big Bend, gets a mention in the WPA guide

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/10/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesTornillo Creek -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

WPA writers may have seen water in Tornillo Creek; Blasterz saw it only as a dry wash

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesDog Canyon -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The WPA writers must have heard from locals about the reason for the name of Dog Canyon - we didn't see that information anywhere at the park

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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