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    Large saws were used to cut the island into pieces

    Floating Bog Project – Wilton ME

    Date added: August 14, 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

    Babbin Farm barn

    Babbin Farm – Caribou ME

    Date added: July 3, 2023

    The Babbin Farm is an example of the work of the Resettlement Administration in getting families off the relief rolls and back to farming. An article in the July 1 1937 Bangor Daily News reports on two families, the Babbins… read more

    Gardner Commons - Bucksport ME

    Gardner Commons – Bucksport ME

    Date added: January 9, 2023

    Gardner Commons is a low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal governments HUD (Housing and Urban Development Division) that utilizes the former Bucksport High School/Jr High, a PWA project. The Bangor Daily News reported in 2009 that $250,000 was… read more

    Bridge Street

    Welfare Housing – Houlton ME

    Date added: November 6, 2022

    The Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) supported the construction of welfare housing in Houlton ME between 1933 and 1935. Excerpts from the Annual Town Reports, Houlton Maine: 1933 Partial… read more

    US-1 RR Grade Crossing – Freeport ME

    Date added: July 2, 2022

    An article in the Bangor Daily News reported that “The Department of agriculture announced today that presidential approval of five Maine grade crossing elimination projects involving $396,922 of the state’s $1,425,861 quota for that purpose. The projects were submitted by… read more

    Main Street Realignment – Oxford ME

    Date added: June 29, 2022

    A December 1935 article in Bangor Daily News reported that “The Department of Agriculture announced today presidential approval of five Maine grade crossing elimination projects involving $396,922 of the state’s $1,425,861 quota for that purpose. The projects were submitted by… read more

    US 202 Railroad Grade Crossing – Monmouth ME

    Date added: June 27, 2022

    An article in the December 5 1935 Bangor Daily News reported that the Agriculture Dept. had approved 5 grade crossing elimination projects in Maine submitted by the State Highway Commission. “ON MAINE CENTRAL RAILROAD Androscoggin and Kennebec counties, between Leeds… read more

    Dover Cemetery Improvements – Dover-Foxcroft ME

    Date added: May 18, 2022

    When the Civil Works Administration (CWA) was launched in November 1933, the Old Dover Village Cemetery received improvements. According to community notes in the Bangor Daily News, “road grading and widening at the Dover Cemetery, and construction of a new… read more

    Norway, Maine post office: bas relief

    Post Office Bas Relief – Norway ME

    Date added: May 9, 2022

    The historic Norway, Maine post office houses a New Deal wooden relief: “Jacob Howe, First Post Rider,” completed in 1942 by Margaret Vincent. The work was commissioned by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts.

    Norway, Maine post office

    Post Office – Norway ME

    Date added: May 9, 2022

    The historic post office in Norway, Maine was constructed in 1940 with federal Treasury Department funds. The building bears a 1940 cornerstone and houses an example of New Deal artwork.

    Realty Road – Ashland ME

    Date added: February 6, 2022

    In January 1934, an ambitious project of opening up the vast forested area of northern Maine by the construction of a 94 mile road connecting Ashland Maine and Lac Frontier Quebec Canada and called the Brann Scenic Highway was launched…. read more

    Sewers – Fort Kent ME

    Date added: January 18, 2022

    The Bangor Daily News covered some extensive sewer line construction in the northern town of Fort Kent in the initial CWA jobs program of 1933. December 4: “OVER 100 EMPLOYED ON CWA SEWER PROJECT More than a hundred men are… read more

    Thomas Hill Standpipe

    Summit Park Parking – Bangor ME

    Date added: January 13, 2022

    Federal Emergency Relief Administration crews built parking for Summit Park in Bangor ME. Excerpt from Bangor Daily News: “ERA Workers Building Parking Space Near Old Water Standpipe” “One of the new ERA projects now under way in Bangor is a large… read more