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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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The American Guide Series was published in the 1930s-1940s, long before photography was easy to obtain and publish, so the books relied heavily on prose to describe America. Some of the best 20th-century writers, including Saul Bellows, Richard Wright, Studs Terkel and John Cheever, contributed to the Series. Most of the writing is surprisingly lyrical.

Each volume began with a lengthy background of history, art, architecture, economy, environment, racial relations and social life. Then the cities of the state were detailed, followed by driving tours down the US Highways across the state, from US 1 to US 90.

Most of the volumes are available on-line. If you are not able to locate a particular guide, email BruceS, one of the category officers, as he maintains a list of available guides.

This category's goal is to find and waymark places referenced in the American Guide Series, transcribe the entry from the Guide Series, and tell how the place differs now (if it still exists).

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Instructions for Posting a American Guide Series Waymark:
The place must be referenced in one of the 320 books in the American Guide Series. Anyplace -- a hospital, prison, mission, Indian mound, neighborhood, or city --referenced in the Guides may be waymarked (towns' or cities' waymark coordinates should be from the local city hall. If none exists, then use the post office. If none exists, choose coordinates from the center-most part of the community.)

To choose which co-ordinates to use, you may have to use the maps in the Guides to reconstruct the old roadway routes. Put the waymark where the Guides put the place, which is usually at a specific mile marker or intersection.

Please follow the name of the waymark by the state. If you'd like to add the city or county, that's fine. Write whatever you'd like in the Short Description.

The Long Description should begin with the excerpt from the Guide that describes the place you're waymarking. To ensure a consistent format, italicize the excerpt, and follow with the name and year of original publication, i.e. "--- Texas A Guide to the Lone Star State, 1940"

After the excerpt, use whatever you would like to describe (in at least one sentence) what the place is like now, how it is different than it was when the Guide was published. You may do this with either text or photographs, or both, but this work must be original (in other words created by you).

At least one original photograph of the place being waymarked must be in the gallery.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
To log a Visit, please supply an original image of the Waymark.

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American Guide SeriesIngalls, OK

in American Guide Series

Ingalls is a ghost town, about 11 miles east of Stillwater. It has a very interesting history.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/30/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesKingfisher, OK

in American Guide Series

We have used the coordinates at the site of the Chisholm Trail Museum in Kingfisher, since the history of the town centers around the Chisholm Trail and its value to this area of the State.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/26/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesDover, OK

in American Guide Series

Dover was a cattle stop on the old Chisholm Trail in the late 1800's.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/15/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesSilver City Trading Post - Tuttle, OK

in American Guide Series

Placed in 1931, this monument was described in the "WPA Guide to 1930s Oklahoma"

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 6/22/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesFrontier Train Robbery - Pocasset, Oklahoma

in American Guide Series

Like many towns in the early days of Oklahoma, Pocasset was the site of a train robbery.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 6/22/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesOrange City - Volusia County, Florida, USA

in American Guide Series

A north central Florida town mentioned in the Florida edition of the American Guide Series.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BoomersOTR

location: Florida

date approved: 6/21/2021

last visited: 6/24/2021

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American Guide SeriesPresidio Park - San Diego, CA

in American Guide Series

The site of a historic Spanish military installation in San Diego, California.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 6/14/2021

last visited: 6/14/2021

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American Guide SeriesBaxter, Tennessee

in American Guide Series

Baxter, Tennessee is located in western Putnam County just off of I-40.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ggmorton

location: Tennessee

date approved: 6/4/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesTennessee Polytechnic Institute - Cookeville, TN

in American Guide Series

Tennessee Polytechnic Institute (TPI) in Cookeville, TN is now Tennessee Technological University (TTU).

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ggmorton

location: Tennessee

date approved: 6/4/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesBee Rock - Monterey, TN

in American Guide Series

A very scenic overlook in Monterey, TN at the end of a 0.7 mile hike.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ggmorton

location: Tennessee

date approved: 6/4/2021

last visited: 11/27/2020

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American Guide SeriesManchester, Tennessee

in American Guide Series

Manchester, TN has changed a lot since this description in 1939.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ggmorton

location: Tennessee

date approved: 6/4/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesOld Stone Fort - Manchester, TN

in American Guide Series

A Native American constructed set of mounds / fort in Manchester, TN.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ggmorton

location: Tennessee

date approved: 6/4/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesMANSFIELD (Town Hall) - Mansfield, MA

in American Guide Series

The Town Hall was built in 1911 - 1912 as the Mansfield High School. The Pratt House, converted hotel, was torn down to make way for the Town Hall.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/30/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesWalter M. Lowney Chocolate Factory - Mansfield, MA

in American Guide Series

Developed beginning in 1903, the complex was used until 2010 by a variety of primarily corporate owners for the manufacture and processing of chocolate products, most recently Archer Daniels Midland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/24/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesSunset Lake ~ summer home of Bruce Barton - Foxborough, MA

in American Guide Series

The estate sits on Sunset Lake and some of the land was sold off, 172 acres including the house to Massachusetts, now part of F Gilbert Hills State Forest.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/23/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesFOXBOROUGH (Town Hall) - Foxboro MA

in American Guide Series

The Town Hall was built in 2016. Architectually looks like Greek Revival with the 4 columns supporting the pediment which creates a portico protecting the front doors.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/23/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesFoxborough State Hospital for Mental Diseases - Foxborough, MA

in American Guide Series

The state hospital was closed in 1975. Today it serves as residential property, with renovation starting in 2005.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/21/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesLake Pearl Park - Wrentham, MA

in American Guide Series

From a mill site to an entertainment park and venue, Lake Pearl Park still maintains its roots established in the mid 19th century

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/21/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesCamp Unity - Franklin MA

in American Guide Series

Found the camp by measuring the distance from E Central St in Franklin exactly 1.4 miles on Summer St and viola, I came across Camp Haiastan. Camp Haiastan is the first Armenian youth camp in the US, established in 1951.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/19/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesHigh Rock - Foxborough, MA

in American Guide Series

F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, formerly called Foxborough State Forest, consists of 1027.23 acres of mixed second growth woodland with some pine and spruce plantations.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/19/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesJordan Marsh Company Rest Home - Wrentham, MA

in American Guide Series

There are 2 homes that were owned by Anne Sullivan, this one and the nearly identical home next door. Nice to read about familiar historical folks, Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/19/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesWRENTHAM - Wrentham MA

in American Guide Series

The Town Offices have no historical significances. This was the sight of the Farrington House which was a beautiful early house razed by the town to make way for the present building.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/19/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesLake Archer - Wrentham, MA

in American Guide Series

Nothing special standing on the shores taking a picture of Lake Archer. While researching the lake, found the a group of folks that live around Lake Archer taking action preventing invasive weeds from taking over and corrective actions when found.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/19/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesBaker Homestead - Franklin MA

in American Guide Series

Built around 1790 by Abijah Baker. Three generations of Baker's lived here, who were prominent citizens of Franklin.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/18/2021

last visited: never

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American Guide SeriesThe Horace Mann Memorial - Franklin MA

in American Guide Series

The monument is made of granite, standing about 5 foot high. The memorial was dedicated May 4, 1929 and was erected by the Town of Franklin.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 4/18/2021

last visited: never

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