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Sidewalks – Valley Falls RI

Date added: June 20, 2018

Valley Falls is a densely packed village in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Although for years much of Cumberland was rural, Valley Falls played a key part in the Industrial revolution. The sidewalk at the northwest corner of the intersection of Myrtle… read more

Freebody Park Improvements – Newport RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

In Newport, Rhode Island “the WPA built sidewalks and most of the stone walls, grandstands, concession buildings and other facilities in Newport’s public parks. Vernon Park, Freebody Park and Cardines Field are the most visible examples.” At Freebody Park, the… read more

Vernon Park Improvements and Slide – Newport RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

In Newport, Rhode Island “the WPA built sidewalks and most of the stone walls, grandstands, concession buildings and other facilities in Newport’s public parks. Vernon Park, Freebody Park and Cardines Field are the most visible examples.” At Vernon Park the… read more

Blackstone Boulevard Sidewalk – Providence RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

“One of my favorite places in Providence is Blackstone Boulevard, the tree-lined, two-mile stretch of road on the East Side that is a popular destination for joggers, walkers, readers and painters. At both ends of the boulevard, there are tiny… read more

Old Jamestown Bridge (demolished) – Jamestown RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

The Old Jamestown Bridge, which spanned the west passage of Narragansett Bay, was constructed as a New Deal project: the Public Works Administration (PWA) supplied significant financial assistance for the then-$3 million project, which opened for traffic in 1940. The structure, which… read more

High Street Walls – Jamestown RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

“Early projects proposed by the town [of Jamestown, R.I.] and paid for by the WPA included … stone walls along High Street.” Stone walls can be seen on the south site of High Street, in front of a couple of… read more

Road Improvements – Jamestown RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

“Early projects proposed by the town [of Jamestown, R.I.] and paid for by the WPA included upgrade of the roads …”

East Ferry Waterfront Upgrade – Jamestown RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

“In 1939, … there were thirty-two men employed [by the WPA], eight of them on the East Ferry waterfront upgrade.” Work included construction of a seawall, in which are embedded “Built by Work Projects Administration; R.I. 1940” shield plaques.

Sidewalks – Central Falls RI

Date added: March 9, 2018

The WPA built sidewalks in Central Falls, Rhode Island. One commenter to an article about New Deal accomplishments in the area wrote: “I remember seeing WPA plaques on sidewalks in Central Falls back in the late 70’s. These were the… read more

Providence Public Library Murals – Providence RI

Date added: March 2, 2018

“Pawtucket native Edward Dubuque produced the set of five murals under the auspices of the Federal Emergency Relief Association (FERA) as an art project, and they were formally dedicated on April 23, 1935. Dubuque went on to produce backdrop sets… read more

Lloyd Avenue Sidewalk – Providence RI

Date added: August 30, 2017

A W.P.A. shield-style plaque embedded in the sidewalk, on South side of Lloyd Ave., east of Hope St., identifies the sidewalk as a W.P.A. construction. The plaque is located adjacent to Erickson Gym, directly across the street from the direct entrance to… read more