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On May 6, 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to employ the millions of Americans left unemployed by economic depression. This category is to waymark the projects created by the people employed by the WPA agency.
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On May 6, 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the largest and by far most comprehensive of the New Deal agencies. The goal of the WPA and other federal employment agencies such as the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps and has their own category) and the CWA (Civil Works Administration), was to provide work for the millions of unemployed Americans during the great depression of the 1930s.

Anyone who needed a job could apply, and the hourly wages were the prevailing wages in the area. Over 8.5 million Americans were hired through WPA to work on projects such as building bridges, dams, public buildings and roads. There were also important cultural works done by the WPA's Federal Arts Program, Federal Writer Project, Federal Music Project, Federal Theater Project, and the Historical Records Survey.

The WPA programs were retired by 1943 because WWII improved employment in the United States, but the legacy of the eight years of this program remains today in the art and the structures it funded.

Waymark submissions to this category should be of physical structures or artworks created by workers of the WPA or of museums, monuments and historic markers commemorating the work of the WPA. Roads and sidewalks should not be waymarked, however if there is a historical marker about the WPA's work on a particular road, that is acceptable.

*UPDATE 4/26/13* Individuals submitting WPA waymarks to this category are highly encouraged to submit WPA (and CCC) projects to the Living New Deal archives which reside within the University of California at Berkley's web domain. This department has a wonderful interactive map of a growing list of New Deal projects across America that can be submitted by anyone who wants to aid the department in their goal of documenting, preserving and publicizing New Deal projects. (If you have any questions or want additional information on how to submit a WPA/CCC Project to UC Berkley's Living New Deal archives, you may message WPA Projects officer, NW_history_buff, and he will gladly help).

Projects created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) should be waymarked in the CCC category. Another great category for WPA endeavors is the American Guide Series category based on travel guides created by the WPA Federal Writer Project.

(UPDATE, Sept. 21, 2007) Projects created by the PWA (Public Works Administration and also known as the Administration of Public Works) are also accepted in this category. Although we realize the programs are separate they are similar. The PWA was a Congress-approved predecessor to Roosevelt's WPA and it lasted from 1933-1934.

(UPDATE, Dec. 28, 2013) Projects created by the CWA (Civil Works Administration) are now accepted in this category. The CWA was also a Congress-approved predecessor to the WPA and it lasted from 1933-1934.

(UPDATE, July 31, 2017) Projects created under the FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Act) are now accepted in this category. FERA was also a Congress-approved predecessor to the WPA and it lasted from 1933-1934.

Instructions for Posting a WPA Projects Waymark:
  • coordinates
  • your own photograph of the waymarked item
  • name
  • project type
  • condition
  • information about the waymarked item (minumum of one sentence in the long description to describe the WPA project)
  • some tangible proof that your submission is in fact a WPA project, via website link or photo of a plaque or WPA symbol
  • title of waymark must be in following format name of building or project - city, state
Optional but appreciated:
  • location (such as a park or building where you'll find the item)
  • city
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To help give a different perspective and to better the waymark for future visitors please tell us about your visit and upload a favorite photograph you took of the waymark.

Although visiting this waymark in person is the only thing required of you to receive credit for your visit, taking the time to add this information is greatly appreciated.
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WPA ProjectsMonument In Cassville, GA.

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Monument to Cassville, Ga. a town burned by General Sherman.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman

location: Georgia

date approved: 8/26/2007

last visited: 4/30/2008

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Was also police and fire stations, now remodeled and used as an annex to the court house.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Georgia

date approved: 10/14/2015

last visited: never

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WPA ProjectsThe Cyclorama Diorama - Grant Park - Atlanta, GA

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Historic Civil War Museum, according to the American Guide Series, the addition of the 3D diorama was part of the 1937 Emergency Relief Fund. (No pictures inside gallery.)

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Georgia

date approved: 9/18/2009

last visited: 3/15/2013

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Legion Park Bowl is located at 336 1st St., S., Gadsden, AL. It is an open-air arena and is a significant example of the rustic stone construction work of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North

location: Alabama

date approved: 11/27/2007

last visited: 3/22/2012

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WPA ProjectsCompany E of the 167th Infantry of the Alabama National Guard Armory - Guntersville, AL

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The Company E of the 167th Infantry of the Alabama National Guard Armory was one of 36 buildings constructed by the WPA for the Alabama National Guard.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation

location: Alabama

date approved: 12/6/2017

last visited: never

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