Municipal Improvements – Bristol ME

New Deal agencies conducted extensive improvements in and around the towns of Bristol and South Bristol, as recorded in the Annual Report of the Municipal Officers of the Town of Bristol Maine. 1933 CWA Road work in Walpole and Round Pond… read more

Municipal Improvements – Bucksport ME

Many useful things were done in this coastal community whose population in 1930 was 2,135. The 1934 town report mentions E.R.A. work on the fire station, and the 1936 town report of the Fire Chief requests appropriations in order to… 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

Municipal Improvements – Jaffrey NH

Throughout the New Deal, various agencies contributed to the improvement of Jaffrey, a small town of 2,800 (1930 Census) according to annual town reports. 1933 “Through an arrangement with the District Nursing Association and the State Supervisor of Health, Miss… read more

Municipal Improvements – Kingfield ME

Useful work was accomplished in the small town of Kingfield (population 1,024 1930) by the New Deal. 1933 REPORT OF THE SELECTMEN OF KINGFIELD “Through the C. W. A., we have brought approximately $2000.00 into the town. This money was… read more

Municipal Improvements – North Yarmouth ME

The New Deal early on was involved in helping this small rural town (est. 1680) which only had a population of 569 in 1930. 1933 A few individuals are mentioned along with the town share of costs each for a… read more

Municipal Improvements – Presque Isle ME

Throughout the lifespan of the New Deal, the citizens of Presque Isle Maine (population 6,695 in 1930) benefited from numerous projects from road construction, school repair, the airport, work relief, and a slaughter house. 1933 C. W. A. SPECIAL PROJECTS… read more

Municipal Improvements – Rangeley ME

The New Deal agencies C.W.A., E.R.A., C.C.C. and W.P.A. were involved in standard relief and infrastructure work in the small resort town of Rangeley according to town reports from 1933 to 1937 1934 E. R. A. Acct. $685.94 C. W…. read more

Municipal Improvements – Rumford ME

“According to the Annual Town Reports of 1934-35 and 1936-37, the CWA, FERA and WPA were involved in numerous projects throughout the city. The dollar amounts are the share of the project that the city contributed and don’t list the… read more

Municipal Improvements – Skowhegan ME

Newspaper articles describe various projects in carried out in Skowhegan  by the CWA, FERA and the WPA, as well as direct food relief provided by federal agencies. In 1934, the CWA began a sewing project employing local women. In 1938,… read more

Municipal Improvements – Stow ME

A small amount of Federal assistance was provided for this very rural community of 161 people (1930 population) 1933 ORDERS DRAWN FOR 1933 C. W. A. WORK Everett Day, materials for CWA work $ 2 58 Hutchins’ Cash Store, dynamite,… read more

Municipal Improvements – Winter Harbor ME

CWA, ERA, WPA, and PWA during the entire period of the New Deal were involved in some economic activity, not counting the CCC work on the park and Navy Base in this small coastal community. 1934 Under ROADS AND BRIDGES,… read more

Municipal Road Improvements – Berlin NH

Extensive work was done in Berlin by a combination of the CWA, FERA, PWA, NYA, CCC and WPA all during the existence of the New Deal when “in 1935, under the leadership of newly-elected Mayor Arthur Bergeron, the Farmer-Labor Party… read more

Municipal Road Improvements – Nashua NH

A huge amount of road, street, and sidewalk infrastructure work employed hundreds of the unemployed all throughout the life of the New Deal by the CWA, FERA, and WPA. Town reports throughout the 1930s document such work in Nashua, NH…. read more

Municipal Roads – Oxford MA

Multiple federal New Deal agencies, particularly the Works Progress Administration (WPA), assisted with the construction of municipal roads in Oxford, Mass. and North Oxford, Mass. during the 1930s. The Report of the Selectman for the town for 1935 states: “…… read more

Municipal Utility Improvements – Berlin NH

Extensive work was done in Berlin by a combination of the CWA, FERA, PWA, NYA, CCC and WPA all during the existence of the New Deal when “in 1935, under the leadership of newly-elected Mayor Arthur Bergeron, the Farmer-Labor Party… read more

Municipal Yacht Basin – Charleston SC

What was then known as the Municipal Yacht Basin was constructed as a New Deal project, undertaken by the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). As part of the broader development: “The City of Charleston continued to… read more

Nashua Airport at Boire Field – Nashua NH

Nashua Airport at Boire Field is a public use airport located northwest of Nashua. Municipal reports from the 1930s detail New Deal assistance building the airport. A 1934 report explained that local authorities had been authorized to buy land, which… read more

National Mall: Bathhouse Reconstruction (former) – Washington DC

Reflecting Pool, National Mall - Washington DC

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) – an emergency job-creation arm of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) – reconstructed the bathhouse for two  recreational swimming pools near the Washington Monument in the National Mall during the winter of 1933-34. The… read more

National Zoo: Additions and Improvements – Washington DC

The New Deal years 1933 to 1941 were arguably the best years in the history of the National Zoo, thanks to the many projects undertaken by the Roosevelt Administration.  Labor was provided by work-relief programs — the Civil Works Administration… read more

Natrona County High School Stadium – Casper WY

Multiple New Deal agencies performed work in and around Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, notably constructing athletic facilities. The Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) began construction of “a stadium for the athletic field at Natrona County High School in… read more

Newton County Jail (former) – Decatur MS

The Civil Works Administration (CWA) added a jail to the existing Newton County courthouse in Decatur, Mississippi during the Great Depression as a part of a temporary job creation program under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). It was demolished… read more

North Chagrin Reservation – Mayfield OH

Multiple New Deal agencies worked to develop the North Chagrin Reservation outside Cleveland, Ohio. “Over the course of the 1930s the reservation was modernized with graded roads, permanent trails, sewage and water infrastructure, and shelter houses, much of this construction… read more

North Fork (Burnett) Reservoir and Dam – Black Mountain NC

North Fork Dam

Two New Deal work relief programs: the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) were responsible for the construction of a dam impounding the North Fork Reservoir (a.k.a. Burnett Reservoir) north of Black Mountain, North Carolina, part… read more

North Street Improvements – Montpelier VT

Montpelier’s 40th Annual Report details many roadwork projects undertaken in 1934 with Vermont Emergency Relief Administration (VERA) funds, including: “North Street to City Line, grading and graveling”. Sewer work was undertaken by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1935: “402… read more

Northern Arizona University: South Beaver School (former) – Flagstaff AZ

South Beaver School building - Flagstaff AZ

In 1934 the Flagstaff school board received a grant from the Public Works Administration (PWA) for a new elementary school on the south side of town. Additional funds came from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). The South Beaver School… read more