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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 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

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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

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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

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesPaint Gap Hills -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The WPA writers made a passing mention of Paint Gap in their guidebook

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesBoquillas Canyon -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Amazing Boquillas Canyon impressed the WPA writers in 1940 and Blasterz in 2016

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesBoquillas TX -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The town of Boquillas Texas is long gone in 2016, replaced by an official US Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesLangford's Hot Springs Resort -- Big Bend National Park TX

in American Guide Series

J. O. Langford's hot springs resort that is an empty stabilized ruin long vacant in 2016 (except for the old hot springs bathhouse pool) was operational in 1940 when the WPA writers visited here. Hope they took a soak!

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesBurro Mesa -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Burro Mesa, but not its famous waterfall, is the subject of brief remark in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesMule Ears Peaks - Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The Mule Ears Peaks, an ancient navigation landmark in the Big Bend area, earned a mention in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesMertzon -- Mertzon TX

in American Guide Series

Not much goes on in Mertzon -- in 1940 or 2016

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/9/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesEmory Peak -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Emory Peak, the highest peak at Big Bend, earned a mention in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/25/2016

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American Guide SeriesGreen Gulch CCC Camp -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

What the WPA writers of 1940 called Green Gulch, the National Park Service calls Chisos Basin. Two CCC Camps operated in what is now Big Bend National Park

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/25/2016

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American Guide SeriesPulliam Bluff -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The twin distance view of Casa Grande and Pulliam Bluff -- amazing in 2016 and 1940

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/25/2016

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American Guide SeriesCasa Grande -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Casa Grande - as grand in 2016 as it was when the WPA writers saw it in 1940

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/24/2016

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American Guide SeriesThe Window -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The amazing view from The Window at Sunrise was described in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/24/2016

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American Guide SeriesChisos Mountains -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

The Chisos Mountains are well-described in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/24/2016

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American Guide SeriesPersimmon Gap -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Persimmon Gap earns a mention in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas, since Persimmon Gap has been used as a pass into the Big Bend area for millenia

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/24/2016

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American Guide SeriesCastolon Store -- Castolon Visitor Center, Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Castolon Store, still being operated by Wayne Cartledge when the Texas WPA Guidebook was published in 1940

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/24/2016

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American Guide SeriesSanta Elena Canyon -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Amazing Santa Elena Canyon -- spelled differently and a lot safer to explore than it was in 1940

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/24/2016

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American Guide SeriesCerro Castellan - Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

Cerro Castellan, whose gorgeous colors earned a mention in the WPA Guidebook to Texas published in 1940

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/25/2016

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American Guide SeriesPersimmon Gap Store -- Big Bend NP TX

in American Guide Series

When the WPA writers passed though here, Bill Cooper was still operating the 4th Persimmon Gap Store. Maybe they gassed up and got a soda :)

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location: Texas

date approved: 2/4/2017

last visited: 12/26/2016

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