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    Fort Levett (former) Improvements – Portland ME

    Date added: February 7, 2018; Modified: July 11, 2024

    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted improvement work at the former Fort Levett on Cushing Island in Portland, Maine. Project information: “Make general improvements to grounds” Official Project Number: 765‐11‐2‐3 Total project cost: $50,545.00 Sponsor: Commanding Officer, Fort Williams, U.S…. read more

    Fort McKinley (former) Improvements – Portland ME

    Date added: February 7, 2018; Modified: July 11, 2024

    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted improvement work at the former Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island in Portland, Maine. Project information: “Rehabilitation of buildings including plumbing, heating, and electrical” Official Project Number: 13‐2‐11‐108 Total project cost: $40,000.00 Sponsor: War Department ‐Q.M.C. “Fts…. read more

    Fort Preble (former) Improvements – South Portland ME

    Date added: February 7, 2018; Modified: July 11, 2024

    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted improvement work at the former Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island in Portland, Maine. Project information: “Rehabilitation of buildings including plumbing, heating, and electrical” Official Project Number: 13‐2‐11‐109 Total project cost: $40,000.00 Sponsor: War Department ‐Q.M.C. “Fts…. read more

    Fort Williams (former) Development – Cape Elizabeth ME

    Date added: February 7, 2018; Modified: July 11, 2024

    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted extensive improvement and development work at the former Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Work was largely sponsored by the Commanding Officer, Fort Williams, U.S. Army (the remaining by the War Department). Project information:… read more

    Peaks Island Military Reservation (former) Improvements – Portland ME

    Date added: February 7, 2018; Modified: July 11, 2024

    The U.S. military had a sizable footprint on Peaks Island, and the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted improvement work at the site. Project information: “Clean areas at Peaks Island and Long Island Military Reservation” Official Project Number: 165‐2‐11‐122 Total project… read more

    Long Island Military Reservation (former) Improvements – Portland ME

    Date added: February 7, 2018; Modified: July 11, 2024

    The U.S. military had a sizable footprint on Maine’s Long Island, and the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted improvement work at the site. Project information: “Clean areas at Peaks Island and Long Island Military Reservation” Official Project Number: 165‐2‐11‐122 Total… read more

    Ferry Point Inspection Station, Calais, Maine

    Ferry Point Inspection Station – Calais ME

    Date added: May 21, 2017; Modified: July 8, 2024

    The historic U.S. Border Inspection Station at Ferry Point in Calais, Maine was constructed with Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) funds in conjunction with the Treasury Department. The Colonial Revival facility and its attendant garage were constructed in 1936. The facility,… read more

    Deer Isle Bridge

    Deer Isle Bridge – Deer Isle ME

    Date added: July 6, 2024; Modified: July 8, 2024

    Deer Isle Bridge, a.k.a. the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, is a two-lane suspension bridge in Hancock County, Maine constructed with federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds between 1937 and 1939. The bridge connects Little Deer Isle with a point in the… read more

    Penobscot Bridge (demolished) Improvements – Bangor ME

    Date added: November 3, 2021; Modified: July 6, 2024

    The Penobscot Bridge was a steel Baltimore through truss bridge connecting Bangor and Brewer. Construction was completed in 1911 and the bridge was replaced with the current Joshua Chamberlain bridge in 1954. According to the Bangor Daily News, this was… read more

    Newbegin Hall, Gray, Maine

    Newbegin Hall – Gray ME

    Date added: July 2, 2024

    Newbegin Hall in Gray, Maine, named after George W. Newbegin, was constructed as a community gymnasium with the aid of federal work relief funding. The structure is part of a larger town development that includes the town hall and other… read more

    Newspaper photos of the barn and potato field

    Holmquist Farm (abandoned) – Westmanland ME

    Date added: June 19, 2024; Modified: June 19, 2024

    The Bangor Daily News in 1937 reported on two success stories in Aroostook County by the Resettlement Administration. The Babbin family and Waldo Holmquist. The article puts the situation in context when it said that a million farmers were on… read more

    Map of Methodist Road

    Methodist Road – Westbrook ME

    Date added: May 28, 2024

    The Portland Sunday Telegraph reported on FERA road work in the Westbrook community notes. “85 NOW EMPLOYED ON FERA WORK Eighty men and five foremen are engaged in work here under the new FERA setup which went into effect Friday…. read more

    Moosehorn National Wildlife Preserve – Baring ME

    Date added: February 3, 2024

    “Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is a northern treasure in the National Wildlife Refuge System. It consists of nearly 30,000 acres of federally protected lands in northeastern coastal Maine. The refuge’s landscape is varied, with rolling hills, large ledge outcroppings, streams,… read more

    Entrance to refuge headquarters

    Charlotte Road – Baring ME

    Date added: November 7, 2023; Modified: November 7, 2023

    The July 18 1938 Bangor Daily News reports on roadwork in this sparsely populated town near the Canadian border. “The towns of Dennysville and Pembroke have no WPA projects, although a number of WPA workers from these towns are employed… read more

    Large saws were used to cut the island into pieces

    Floating Bog Project – Wilton ME

    Date added: August 14, 2023; Modified: September 15, 2023

    While going through the town reports at the Wilton History Museum, the 1938 town report has a brief notation “Floating Bog Project WPA – $2,000” which on its own would be too cryptic to figure out. Thankfully, when shown this… read more