WPA Tunnel - 1936 - El Reno, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 31.690 W 097° 57.166
14S E 594945 N 3932121
Quick Description: Driving down Rock Island Avenue, what a delightful surprise this was!
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 9/1/2015 8:59:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMPHB2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 3

Long Description:
During the 1930s the WPA built thousands of structures in Oklahoma, providing employment for so many families. Most of the structures were government buildings - schools, armories, office buildings, as well as parks.

This tunnel, providing safe underground crossing, was a first to us. The street is named Rock Island Avenue, so it is possible it allowed citizens to cross the railroad track. There is a school one block west of the tunnel, which may also provide a reason for the tunnel.

On the west side of the street, there is a concrete structure, with a box-like top about six feet high. The structure on the east side of the road is smaller. On the side of each structure is engraved "19 WPA 36".
Year built or dedicated as indicated on the structure or plaque: 1936

Full Inscription (unless noted above):
19 WPA 36

Website (if available): Not listed

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