Benjamin G. Humphreys Bridge (demolished) – Greenville MS to AR

The US 82 bridge between Greenville, Mississippi and Lake Village, Arkansas was constructed to increase access between the two states to benefit economic development in the Delta. It was dismantled and replaced in 2011 due to increased river traffic, which… read more

Bronx Terminal Market Freight Shed (demolished) – Bronx NY

From 1938 to 1939 federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) laborers constructed a freight shed at the north end of the Bronx Terminal Market. Much of the funding for the project came from a $250,000 allocation from the New Deal Reconstruction Finance Corporation… read more

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge – Bronx to Queens NY

The Triborough Bridge is one of three major bridges, along with the Henry Hudson and the Bronx-Whitestone, built during the New Deal era to link the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, and tie together the expanding highway system… read more

Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park – Georgetown DC to Seneca MD

C&O Canal with tour boat in Georgetown - Washington DC

Under the New Deal, the defunct Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal was acquired by the federal government and restored from Georgetown in the District of Columbia (where it enters the Potomac River) to Seneca MD, a distance of 22 miles…. read more

Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Fort Worth TX

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden had its origins in 1912 when the park board purchased a tract of land southwest of Trinity Park and named it Rock Springs Park. In his 1909 park master plan for Fort Worth, landscape architect… read more

Hoover Dam – Boulder City NV

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam, originally called “Boulder Dam”, is the anchor of the entire Colorado River water storage and management system.  It lies in Black Canyon (not Boulder Canyon) at the southern tip of Nevada, on the Arizona border, and creates the… read more

Infrastructure Improvements – Seabrook NH

The New Deal provided much help in this small coastal community of 1,606 (1930 population). Between 1933 and 1939, the RFC, the WPA and the NYA undertook improvements in the town, including sewer maintenance, road work, surveying sidewalks and other… read more

Keystone Corridor Electrification – Southeast PA

Electrification of the Keystone [rail] Corridor “west of Paoli to Harrisburg came in the 1930s, after the PRR completed electrifying its New York-Washington, D.C. section (the present-day Northeast Corridor).” The total cost … was financed by government-supported loans from the… read more

Lincoln Park Gateway and Improvements – Los Angeles CA

Improvements to Lincoln Park (Los Angeles, CA) were carried out by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) in 1932-33. According to the 1932-33 Annual Report of the Los Angeles Board of Park Commissioners, “Two hundred lineal feet of walks were built,… read more

Municipal Improvements – Houlton ME

A municipal report from 1934 describes early New Deal work in Houlton: R.F.C. work included a High School lot project: “Mr. Brown approved the High School lot project for Houlton, and an allowance of $3,000 per month to carry on… read more

Municipal Improvements – Hudson NH

Annual reports show that the town of Hudson was helped extensively by New Deal programs. In addition to work by the RFC and FERA (which included distributing food and medicine to school children), the CWA repaired and improved schools and… read more

North Carolina State University: Riddick Stadium (demolished) Improvements – Raleigh NC

In 1933, North Carolina State College developed plans for new concrete stands to seat about 16,000 spectators at the existing Riddick Stadium on campus. That same year funding from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation allowed construction of several sections of concrete… read more

Pennsylvania Turnpike – Pittsburgh PA

“America’s First Superhighway” is a toll highway running through much of Pennsylvania, and it was created with the assistance of the WPA, the PWA and the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. “When it opened in 1940, the Pennsylvania Turnpike made history as… read more

Potomac State College: Stayman Field Improvements – Keyser WV

Stayman Field, Potomac State College - Keyser WV

Work on Stayman Field began in December 1932 (before the New Deal) with funding from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC). The initial construction was completed in November 1933. The stadium was named after Joseph W. Stayman, the president of Potomac… read more

University of North Texas – Denton TX

Multiple New Deal agencies, including the Public Works Administration (P.W.A.), Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.), were involved in dramatically developing and transforming what was then the North Texas State Teacher’s College (now University of North Texas – Denton TX) in Denton…. read more

Victory-Vanowen Park – North Hollywood CA

The Annual Report from 1932-33 of the Los Angeles Board of Park Commissioners records extensive federal aid in developing the park: “Victory Vanowen Park is one of the largest parks in the San Fernando Valley, with an area of a… read more