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    Arkansas School for the Blind – Little Rock AR

    Date added: May 22, 2013; Modified: April 14, 2019

    This large school was built by the WPA in 1939 and is still in us. “Arkansas’s WPA program began in July 1935 under state administrator William R. Dyess and provided money for numerous social services and infrastructure improvement projects.  Social… read more

    Arch Street Overpass (former) – Little Rock AR

    Date added: June 12, 2017; Modified: April 13, 2019

    The 1,121-foot Arch Street Overpass was constructed in 1940. Careful analysis of the bridge plate (plaque) as per historic Google Street View imagery suggests that this project was funded by the Public Roads Administration of the Federal Works Agency; the… read more

    Water Treatment Plant, Little Rock, Arkansas

    Water Treatment Plant – Little Rock AR

    Date added: December 3, 2011; Modified: April 13, 2019

    “This project consisted of the construction of an impounding reservoir on the Saline River, 40 miles from Little Rock, a 40-mile transmission line, and the filter plant illustrated on this page. The plant, constructed at an approximate cost of $225,000,… read more

    Boyle Park – Little Rock AR

    Date added: August 17, 2018

    The park remained largely unimproved until the mid-1930s, when the Civilian Conservation Corps boys arrived (though there seems to be some uncertainty about exactly when the actual construction work began, two different contemporaneous sources reveal that as of the spring… read more

    Adams Field Hangar – Little Rock AR

    Date added: June 27, 2016; Modified: June 13, 2017

    Adams Field, also since known as Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, was first constructed during the early 20th century. The federal Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) assisted with the airport’s development. The W.P.A.’s Division of Operations wrote: This project is… read more

    William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas – Little Rock AR

    Date added: July 27, 2015; Modified: June 13, 2017

    The federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funded the construction of what was then the University of Arkansas-Little Rock’s medical school; construction occurred from 1933 to 1935. The building now houses the William H. Bowen School of Law.

    MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History – Little Rock AR

    Date added: October 28, 2014; Modified: June 13, 2017

    Constructed in 1840, the Tower Building, “the only surviving remnant of the Little Rock Arsenal,” was traded by the federal government to the City of Little Rock for 1,000 acres and the “condition that the grounds be ‘forever exclusively devoted… read more

    Arkansas Arts Center – Little Rock AR

    Date added: October 15, 2014; Modified: June 13, 2017

    “In 1937, the Museum of Fine Arts opened in MacArthur Park. Franklin Delano Roosevelt approved $25,000 from the WPA for construction of the 10,140 square foot building. FDR wrote a letter of congratulations to the citizens of Little Rock to be read… read more

    Little Rock Zoo – Little Rock AR

    Date added: June 13, 2017; Modified: June 13, 2017

    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) had a great impact on War Memorial Park, including constructing “the original zoo buildings” at Little Rock Zoo.

    War Memorial Park – Little Rock AR

    Date added: June 13, 2017; Modified: June 13, 2017

    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) had a great impact on War Memorial Park. “During the 1930s the original zoo buildings, the golf clubhouse, the bathhouse and the swimming pool were constructed by WPA workers.” The W.P.A. likely undertook other construction… read more

    Lamar Porter Field – Little Rock AR

    Date added: May 22, 2013; Modified: June 13, 2017

    Lamar Porter Field, a ballpark, was built by the WPA in 1937 and has been hosting amateur baseball ever since. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

    Arkansas Territorial Restoration – Little Rock AR

    Date added: June 27, 2016; Modified: April 11, 2017

    The federal Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) furnished the labor for the restoration of the last territorial capitol grounds of Arkansas, during the latter years of the Great Depression. The site now houses the Historic Arkansas Museum. The institution states on… read more

    Knoop Park – Little Rock AR

    Date added: July 8, 2015; Modified: July 11, 2015

    From the Arkansas Times: “Originally developed in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration project, Knoop Park offers visitors hiking trails and picnic tables. The park is known for its striking vistas.”