Aztec Ruins National Monument – Aztec NM

The complex in Aztec Ruins National Monument consists of a “three-story structure [with] as many as 500 rooms, includ[ing] a great kiva [subterranean or partially subterranean Puebloan chamber used for religious ceremony] that is more than forty feet across.” The name… read more

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park – Globe AZ

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park

“The park contains remains from a prehistoric communal dwelling constructed by the Salado people. The site was inhabited from 1225 to 1400 A.D. Irene Vickrey conducted the first formal archaeological investigation starting in 1935. Funding for her salary and her… read more

CCC Improvements – Big Bend National Park TX

From Our Mark on This Land (2011): “If you have driven, hiked, or slept in the Chisos Mountains, you have experienced CCC history. In May 1933, Texas Canyons State Park was established; it was later renamed Big Bend State Park…. read more

Eastern New Mexico State Park (former) – Portales NM

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed the former Eastern New Mexico State Park, occasionally referred to as “Blackwater Draw Park”, ca. 1934-6. Flynn: “This CCC-built site was originally created to reforest 9,600 acres of that Dust Bowl area. Later the state… read more

Fort Bridger Restoration – Fort Bridger WY

Between 1935 and 1938, the WPA performed structural renovation and historic restoration work at this site. From the Bridger Valley Pioneer: One of the Valley projects funded by WPA was the artesian well in Fort Bridger. It still runs today,… read more

Fort Caspar Restoration – Casper WY

The WPA performed structural renovation and historic restoration work at this site. From the Casper, Wyoming website: “In 1936, Casper citizens and the Works Progress Administration reconstructed Platte Bridge Station using sketches made by Caspar Collins and others in the… read more

Fort Recovery Restoration and Museum – Fort Recovery OH

WPA crews rebuilt historic Fort Recovery between 1935 and 1939. The fort was originally built in 1794 on the site where Army General Arthur St. Clair was roundly defeated by the armies of a confederation of Miami and Shawnee Native… read more

Kinishba Ruins National Historic Landmark – Fort Apache AZ

“Kinishba Ruins was constructed by the Pueblo people and occupied as early as 800 until as late as 1400 A.D. Byron Cummings, director of the Arizona State Museum, and his students began excavation and reconstruction of Kinishba in 1931. In… read more

La Fortaleza (Governor’s Mansion) Renovations – San Juan PR

The work relief division of the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (PRRA) conducted “extensive repairs to the patio” of La Fortaleza, the 16th Century governor’s mansion in San Juan, capitol of the territory of Puerto Rico, ca. 1937. In 1940-1 the… read more

Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge – Dunn Center ND

Lake Ilo National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1939 by Executive Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (which wikipedia incorrectly calls an act of Congress in 1938).  The land was purchased and administered by the Bureau of Biological Survey (which… read more

Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum – Rockport IN

WPA workers developed the Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum from 1935 to 1936. Work also included landscaping and the building of cabins and a lake. From the State of Indiana’s website on the attraction: “The Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum… read more

Ocmulgee National Monument – Macon GA

Numerous New Deal agencies had a tremendous impact on the development of Ocmulgee National Monument, the site of pre-Columbian southeastern settlement dating back millennia. “The largest dig ever conducted in this country occurred here at Ocmulgee and the surrounding area…. read more

San Juan National Historic Site: Casa Blanca Historical Monument and Museum – San Juan PR

Between 1935 and 1939, WPA crews conducted historic restoration and renovation work at this site, Casa-Torre de Ponce de León, built in 1521 for the notoriously brutal conquistador who died before ever occupying the residence. It is better known as… read more

San Juan National Historic Site: Castillo de San Cristóbal Restoration – San Juan PR

WPA crews conducted extensive renovation and restoration work at this 18th century Spanish fort, including repair of the fortress walls, and cleaning, repairing, and lighting tunnels under the fortress, in order to facilitate tourism.  

San Juan National Historic Site: Castillo San Felipe del Morro Restoration – San Juan PR

Between 1935 and 1939, WPA crews conducted extensive historic restoration and renovation work, including restoration of the fortress walls, at this site, a 16th century fort later used as a military site during WWII.

Smithsonian Institution Museum: Collection Maintenance – Washington DC

In 1936, Work: A Journal of Progress reported that several dozen Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers were assigned the role of assisting archaeologists, anthropologists, biologists, and other scientists in sorting the backlog of contributions to the Smithsonian Institution museum and… read more

Tuzigoot National Monument – Clarkdale AZ

Tuzigoot National Monument Visitor Center

“The archaeological site contains an outstanding example of a reconstructed prehistoric community inhabited by the Sinagua people between 1000 and 1400 A.D. Two archaeologists and 50 laborers were hired with Federal Emergency Relief Administration funds in October 1933. In November… read more