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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 Concho -- San Angelo TX

in American Guide Series

The Fort Concho the WPA writers saw was VASTLY different from the Fort Concho of 2016, which has benefited from 50 years of restorations, demolitions of modern buildings, and preservation.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/20/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesDallas -- Dallas TX

in American Guide Series

The city of Dallas, a lot different from the time the WPA writers visited in the 1930s, but still with relics and echoes of that time for those who know where to look and what to listen for

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/17/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesWhite Rock Lake Park -- Dallas TX

in American Guide Series

White Rock Lake Park -- a great place to visit when the WPA writers came through, and today.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesJohn Neely Bryan Cabin -- Dallas TX

in American Guide Series

John Neely Bryan's Cabin, on permanent display in downtown Dallas for the last 80 years -- and most likely forevermore

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesBuckner Children's Home-- Dallas TX

in American Guide Series

WPA writers visited Dallas, and wrote about the Buckner Children's Home, still serving children and families in 2017

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesRockwall -- Rockwall TX

in American Guide Series

Rockwall is the seat of the smallest county in Texas -- and is named for a natural rock wall (located on probate property)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesChinati Peak -- US 67, Presidio Co TX

in American Guide Series

Chinati Peak, tallest of the Chinati Mountain range in Presidio County, got a mention in the 1940 WPA Guide to Texas

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/23/2016

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American Guide SeriesComanche Springs -- Fort Stockton

in American Guide Series

Pecos County was a different place in 1940, before Clayton Williams diverted all the water from Comanche Springs for his own profit

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/23/2016

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American Guide SeriesGarland -- Garland TX

in American Guide Series

The Dallas suburb of Garland, now the 9th largest city in Texas, then a small onion and cotton farming town, got a mention in the WPA guide

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 12/23/2016

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American Guide SeriesMarfa -- Marfa TX

in American Guide Series

The west Texas town of Marfa has transitioned over the decades from the WPA writers' visit from a cattle ranching economy to an arts and tourism-based economy

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 4/13/2017

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American Guide SeriesMunicipal Zoological Garden -- Dallas TX

in American Guide Series

The Dallas Zoo, one of the great amenities of the city, impressive in 1940 and 2017.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/15/2017

last visited: 2/15/2017

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American Guide SeriesMarathon -- Marathon TX

in American Guide Series

Marathon may look a lot like it did in the 1930s when the WPA wriyters stopped by, but this town has transformed in the modern era to an arts and tourism town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/13/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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American Guide SeriesDowntown Comanche -- Comanche TX

in American Guide Series

WPA writers appeared to have a different view of Comanche's downtown in 1940 than Blasterz do 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 SeriesDinosaur Tracks -- Glen Rose TX

in American Guide Series

Of course the WPA writers had to talk about the dinosaur tracks in Glen Rose Texas -- Dinosaurs are cool!

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 SeriesPresidio San Luis de las Amarillas -- Menard TX

in American Guide Series

The Presidio San Luis de las Amarillas was newly excavated and rebuilt when the WPA writers stopped by Menard 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 SeriesFort McKavett -- Fort McKavett SHS

in American Guide Series

When the WPA writers visited here, Fort McKavett was a town existing among the fort's ruins. Since the 1980s, Fort McKavett has been a state historic site -- visitors, but no townsfolks, then or now.

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 SeriesSul Ross State University -- Alpine TX

in American Guide Series

Since the WPA writers came through, Sul Ross State Normal School has grown into Sul Ross State University

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 9/19/2016

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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

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 9/20/2016

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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: 9/20/2016

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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: 9/20/2016

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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: 9/20/2016

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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.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 2/12/2017

last visited: 12/27/2016

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