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WPA Projects
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Description:
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.
Expanded Description:
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:
Required:
  • 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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  • Date built or created
  • Location
  • City
  • Condition
  • Website for additional information
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Erected in 1936 in the county seat of Republic, the Art Deco styled Ferry County Courthouse was a depression era project of the Public Works Administration (PWA).

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 7/8/2016

last visited: never

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Colville was the first city in Washington to create a "Civic Plaza". It incorporates the County Courthouse, Library, City Hall and Post office, on four corners of an intersection. The post office and court house were the final pieces of the puzzle.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 2/20/2014

last visited: 5/30/2014

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Colville was the first city in Washington to create a Civic Plaza. It incorporates the Courthouse, Library, City Hall and Post office, on four corners of an intersection.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 10/30/2013

last visited: 1/5/2014

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The Stevens County Courthouse, a WPA project completed in 1938, is at the southeast edge of downtown Colville on Oak Street.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 2/20/2014

last visited: 5/31/2014

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One of only two American Colonial Post Offices of the type in the Northwest, the Omak Post Office shares its style with only one other post office in the environs, that of sister city Okanogan.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 7/12/2018

last visited: never

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A legacy of the New Deal and the WPA, the Okanogan Post Office is nearly unique in the Northwest, sharing its style with only one other post office in the environs.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 7/12/2018

last visited: never

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Part of the Grand Coulee Dam project, which was, in turn, the beginning of the Columbia Basin project, this truss bridge was a PWA project.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 5/30/2018

last visited: never

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WPA ProjectsGrand Coulee Dam and Hydroelectric Project - Grand Coulee, WA

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The largest producer of hydroelectric power in the country, Grand Coulee Dam was the largest concrete structure in the world when built, containing 11,975,521 cubic yards of concrete. It remains the largest concrete structure in the country.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters

location: Washington

date approved: 5/30/2018

last visited: never

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