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    Home of Reuben and Matilda Moore, stepsister of Abraham Lincoln

    Moore Home State Historic Site – Lerna IL

    Date added: September 2, 2023

    The Moore Home was the home of Abraham Lincoln’s stepsister. Lincoln saw his stepmother Sarah Bush Lincoln here for the last time January 31, 1861. The Civilian Conservation Corps dismantled the dilapidated structure and reconstructed it using as much of… read more

    Reconstructed Thomas Lincoln log cabin

    Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site – Lerna IL

    Date added: August 19, 2023

    The farm of Thomas and Sarah Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s father and stepmother. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) reconstructed a reproduction of their cabin on the site, along with building a maintenance barn and gift shop. A CCC camp, Camp Shiloh,… read more

    Gymnasium – Crossville IL

    Date added: August 7, 2023

    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed a gymnasium in Crossville, Illinois. The facility was dedicated in November 1937. The location and status of the facility is unknown to Living New Deal.

    City Pool – Mt. Carmel IL

    Date added: July 14, 2023

    This beautiful circular pool was constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938.

    North entrance to the Trout Building on 2nd Street, Centralia, IL.

    Trout Building – Centralia IL

    Date added: March 30, 2023

    The Trout Building at Centralia Township High School was the home of Orphan and later Annie Basketball from 1936 until 2006 when a new high school opened. At present, it is part of the City Hope Church, Centralia, IL. Construction… read more

    1937 tobacco card, showing the Green Diamond of the Illinois Central Railroad

    Green Diamond Train (Demolished) – Chicago IL

    Date added: February 21, 2023

    In early November, 1934, the Illinois Central (I.C.) Railroad contracted with the Pullman Car & Manufacturing Corporation to build the I.C.’s first streamline train, consisting of a 1,200 horsepower Diesel-electric locomotive, a mail & baggage car, two passenger coaches, and… read more

    Chester, IL: Old Fire Station

    Old Fire Station – Chester IL

    Date added: July 29, 2022

    The Old Fire Station in Chester, Illinois was constructed in 1935 and served as a firehouse until 1961. The decommissioned building is presently used for storage. While some documents are unable to distinguish the particular New Deal agency responsible for… read more

    Jackson Park Improvements – Chicago IL

    Date added: June 7, 2022

    In 1936, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) pursued a variety of improvements at Chicago’s historic Jackson Park.   “The WPA [went] to town in the park,” the Jackson Park Advisory Council opines. WPA work crews built “comfort stations at the… read more

    McKee House - Lombard, IL

    McKee House – Lombard IL

    Date added: June 4, 2022

    This former home/headquarters to the first Superintendent of Dupage Forest Preserve, Robert L. McKee, was constructed with the assistance of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The limestone quarried for this building was done by McDowell Grove CCC Camp workers. The… read more

    Pounds Hollow Building Foundation, Beach in Background

    Pounds Hollow Recreation Area – Junction IL

    Date added: May 17, 2022

    Pounds Hollow was the first recreational site constructed for Shawnee National Forest. A dam, beach, bathhouse, boat dock, utility buildings, roads, and a caretakers house were constructed by CCC crews from Camp Cadiz.

    WPA plaque at the Dieterich JHS/HS gymnasium

    School Gymnasium – Dieterich IL

    Date added: April 30, 2022

    The Work Project Administration constructed a gymnasium at what is now the Dieterich Junior-Senior High School complex, in 1939. The facility was designed by Deal & Deal of Lincoln, Illinois and can be found the west side of Pine Street,… read more

    Old Effingham post office cornerstone

    Post Office (demolished) – Effingham IL

    Date added: April 30, 2022

    The federal government financed the construction of a post office at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Section Avenue in Effingham, Illinois during the Great Depression. Constructed at a cost of $79,800, the building bore a 1934 cornerstone and… read more

    Mount Greenwood Elementary School

    Mount Greenwood Elementary School – Chicago IL

    Date added: December 3, 2021

    A Public Works Administration grant helped fund the construction of Mount Greenwood Elementary School at 108th Street and South Homan Avenue in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood. The new school was designed by Board of Education architect John Charles Christensen. The… read more

    William T. Sherman Elementary School – Chicago IL

    Date added: November 23, 2021

    A Public Works Administration grant, along with local tax revenues, funded the construction of Sherman Elementary School at West 51st Place and South Morgan Street in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. It replaced the former Sherman School, built in… read more