McLean Reservoir Road – Holyoke MA

Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted the improvement work around McLean Reservoir in Holyoke, Massachusetts. WPA Bulletin: At High McLean Reservoir, Holyoke, WPA is improving the travel-way. Work includes widening and eliminating curves, extending culverts, grading gutters for surface drainage and… read more

Middlesex Fells Reservation Development – Medford MA

The Middlesex Fells Reservation spans multiple towns north of Boston. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Civil Works Administration (CWA), and Works Progress Administration (WPA) were each active in developing the area. Massachusetts Metropolitan District Commission annual reports detail the work… read more

Middlesex Fells Reservation: Winchester Section Trails – Winchester MA

Description of a W.P.A. project undertaken in 1938: “Middlesex Fells Reservation, Winchester Section; to widen, drain and grade three miles of bridle trails. The trails to be for equestrian, police patrol, fire control and maintenance use.” The Winchester section is the far… read more

Mount Mitchell State Park – Burnsville NC

“The newly established Department of Conservation and Development…immediately requested a CCC work camp for Mount Mitchell… …the upper reaches of the East’s highest mountain underwent a remarkable transformation. Fire prevention crews fanned out along the trails and parking areas, clearing… read more

Municipal Building Improvements – Turtle Creek PA

Among a set of 26 WPA projects approved for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in Sept. 1935 was “electrical rewiring of [the] municipal building” in Turtle Creek. Additional work in the town involved “surveys for flood control and sewage disposal.” The Federal… read more

Municipal Improvements – Ashland ME

The annual municipal report from 1935 reported on extensive E.R.A. activity in Ashland: “Since May 1, 1934 the Town of Ashland has received approximately $10,000.00 in the form of Federal Emergency Relief Funds. This money has enabled the town to… read more

Municipal Improvements – Colmar Manor MD

The WPA did extensive work in Colmar Manor in 1935, including constructing concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutter improvements. The WPA also made alterations to Town Hall and improvements to City Park and a local playground. It is not known whether… read more

Municipal Improvements – Deering NH

1933 – WPA road relief construction contributes $1,954.00 to Deering. 1934 – PWA loan of $5000 for power line construction. 1935 – Emergency Relief to Unemployed gives Deering $4,401. Federal Government gives Deering 4,658 for various public works projects. 1936… 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 – Rockville MD

According to records in the National Archives, the WPA did extensive work in Rockville. They laid sewer extensions on multiple streets in 1936. In 1939, work included: “Improv[ing] public thoroughfares throughout the town of Rockville…including constructing curbs, gutters, and sidewalks,… 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 – Seat Pleasant MD

The WPA did extensive work in Seat Pleasant in 1937, including: “Improve Roosevelt Avenue, Vine and Valley Streets, and Addison Chapel Road, by constructing curbs, gutters, and cross drains, surfacing, underforming, and appurtenant work,” and “Construct streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters,… 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 – 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