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  • Sidewalks - Cranston RI
    "Under Sprague, Cranston took full advantage of federal assistance for public works projects. For example ... many of Cranston's sidewalks were built with WPA funds."
  • Sidewalks - Delaware City DE
    The Civil Works Administration (CWA) approved a project "consisting of the construction of about 600 feet of four-foot sidewalks on Fourth and Fifth streets, leading to the concrete walks around the school grounds," in Delaware City. The project was begun in Jan. 1934.
  • Sidewalks - East Providence RI
    The WPA constructed "miles and miles of sidewalks" in East Providence, R.I.
  • Sidewalks - Framingham MA
    Between 1933 and 1943 multiple New Deal agencies: the C.W.A., F.E.R.A., and W.P.A., combined to construct 18 miles of 'permanent concrete sidewalks' throughout Framingham, Mass., as well as 12 miles of curbing. In addition to improvements to the existing sidewalk network and outright extensions in Framingham, the W.P.A. rebuilt 900 square yards of sidewalk during the final three months of 1938 in response to the monster hurricane that caused damage across the Northeast.
  • Sidewalks - Holyoke MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor constructed sidewalks on Northampton St. and other streets in Holyoke, Mass.
  • Sidewalks - Hondo TX
    The Works Progress Administration constructed curbs / sidewalks around the Medina County Courthouse between 1938-1940. A WPA plaque is located on the 16th Street side of the courthouse.
  • Sidewalks - Huntington WV
    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Huntington, West Virginia.
  • Sidewalks - Jerome AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was active in Jerome, a mining town hit hard by the Great Depression.  The WPA hired out-of-work miners for several projects in Jerome and nearby towns. One of those projects was building concrete sidewalks.  One local resident told us, "Oh, they are everywhere," but in our brief time in Jerome we found only one example of the telltale WPA stamps in the sidewalk along School Street. There are several stairways between streets in town because Jerome was built on the side of mountain next to its copper mine.  These certainly look like WPA, but there are no...
  • Sidewalks - Lewiston ME
    Approximately half Lewiston' sidewalks s seems were built by the New Deal. "1934 Mayors Report: E. R. A. Please let me enumerate some of the most important projects completed during this last year under the E. R. A. about 12 miles of permanent sidewalks; thousands of feet of curbing were relayed; nearly 8 miles of temporary sidewalks;" "12 Permanent sidewalks: There were 69,450 feet or approximately 12 miles of permanent sidewalks constructed in the following streets: Lincoln, Cedar, Oxford, River Lower Lisbon, Park, Knox, Bates,Blake, Bartlett, Horton, Howe, Shawmut, Howard,  Bradley, Jefferson, Webster, Orange. Sylvan Ave., Colder, Lafayette, Newman, Campus Ave. Nichols, Wood, Maple, Birch, Walnut,...
  • Sidewalks - Lively VA
    The federal Works Progress Administration allotted $2,397 for the construction of sidewalks in Lively, Virginia in November 1938.
  • Sidewalks - Lowell MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor constructed sidewalks in Lowell, Massachusetts. WPA Bulletin, from the Lowell Telegram: "Substantially constructed granolithic sidewalks in residential districts at a minimum cost of $1 per square yard to the abutters represent an activity that has made a permanent contribution to the convenience of the public and the beautification of the districts that have availed themselves of the opportunity afforded.
  • Sidewalks - Mascoutah IL
    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Mascoutah, IL, including at City Hall.
  • Sidewalks - Maynard MA
    The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (F.E.R.A.) constructed sidewalks along Concord St. in Maynard, Massachusetts in 1934. Work continued in subsequent years with the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). The sidewalks, according to the town's Selectmen, "have added greatly to the appearance of the town and safety and comfort of its citizens."
  • Sidewalks - Milford MA
    WPA Bulletin, 1937: MILFORD — By the end of this summer Milford will have nearly seven miles of sidewalks built by WPA. Building of sidewalks has added enormously to the attractive appearance of the town. There are now 118 men working on sidewalk projects which, when completed, will cover a total of 35,621 lineal feet.
  • Sidewalks - Milford MI
    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) constructed sidewalks in Milford, Michigan during the late 1930s. "The sidewalk project resulted in great improved walkways for Milford pedestrians. Many sections of the sidewalks that the WPA workers constructed in 1938 are still in good repair today."  (https://www.milfordhistory.org)
  • Sidewalks - Montpelier VT
    Several Annual Reports for the City of Montpelier detail expenses and locations for many sidewalk projects undertaken by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the city. For example, the 1938 report stated: "More than the usual amount of work has been done on sidewalks this year. A gang of W.P.A. workers have been engaged in the construction of new tar walks ..." including: Liberty: Westerly side near Main Main: northerly side, North St., easterly Harrison Ave.: northerly side Merrill Terrace: easterly side School Berlin: westerly side, River St., southerly Barre: westerly side, near Granite Kent: southerly side Off Court towards Parochial School "Cement...
  • Sidewalks - New Bedford MA
    WPA Bulletin: "New Bedford — Ten miles of cement sidewalks have been built by WPA to replace old concrete and flagstone walks. Some of the replaced flagstones were as old as New Bedford."
  • Sidewalks - Newburyport MA
    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Newburyport, Mass. Flickr comment re: a W.P.A. plaque: "This particular one is in a sidewalk in the Joppa Flats section of Newburyport, near where my other recent photo of the boat sticking up over the fence is. I've seen others in other sidewalks all over Newburyport. The WPA must have built many sidewalks in the city."
  • Sidewalks - Odessa DE
    Delaware utilized substantial federal resources in developing and improving its road network during the Great Depression. Among the dozens of projects undertaken by the federal Civil Works Administration (C.W.A.) during 1934 was sidewalk construction from Odessa to Drawyer . The exact location of the project is unknown to Living New Deal. An average of 1,410 were put to work each week during 1934 as a result of the CWA’s road, sidewalk, bridge, and other related infrastructure efforts in Delaware.  
  • Sidewalks - Sac City IA
    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Sac City, Iowa.
  • Sidewalks - Saugus MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor constructed sidewalks in Saugus, Mass. WPA Bulletin, 1937: Residents of Saugus, which boasts of being the home of the first iron factory in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (1632), will tell you, at the slightest opportunity, of the need for new sidewalks. Frank Murphy, the WPA coordinator says the town has been petitioned by citizens for the laying of 24,400 feet which would give work to more than 50 men on the relief rolls. WPA sidewalk work has started. Selectmen Chairman William Rockhill says: "The Board of Selectmen approve this project because it believes it to be...
  • Sidewalks - Socorro NM
    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) constructed sidewalks around Socorro, New Mexico.
  • Sidewalks - Springfield NJ
    The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed sidewalks along Morris Avenue in Springfield, New Jersey in 1936.
  • Sidewalks - Tucson AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) constructed sidewalks in Tucson, Arizona. "Near University Boulevard a few blocks from the campus, a sidewalk marking caught our eye.  “USA–WPA-1938” was stamped into the cement sidewalk.  The WPA – the Works Progress Administration – was a program of the 1930s that put people to work during the “Great Depression” (as opposed to our current depression – small “d”).  Many public works projects were accomplished during that time.  The quality of the workmanship is obviously exceptional for it to survive like new for 70-plus years as it has."
  • Sidewalks - Tucson AZ
    The Works Progress Administration built sidewalks and/or completed improvements on Tyndall Avenue in Tucson. WPA sidewalk stamps are located along Tyndall Ave. between First and Second Streets. The sidewalk may seem a minor project, but it is in front of a lovely old row of adobe style craftsman cottages that have been converted to "marginal" academic uses (public policy, global sustainability, women's studies). But that lovely scale and architecture are being obliterated by high rise upscale student housing.  
  • Sidewalks - Valley Falls RI
    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 and Mill Streets is marked by a "Works Progress Administration 1935 - 1937" shield stamp. The site is located near Happy Hollow Pond.
  • Sidewalks - Vashon WA
    "Vashon Island receive $8087.24 to construct sidewalks along various public thoroughfares."
  • Sidewalks - Warren RI
    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Warren, R.I.
  • Sidewalks - Waterville ME
    "During June, 1934, a project for concrete sidewalk construction was started in Waterville. This project was self-sustaining and cost the ERA nothing except for labor and trucks. From June until the last of October, 6,671 lineal feet of 4'0" and 6'0" sidewalk was built. Of this amount 823 feet of 4'0" walk was constructed on Winter and West Winter Streets, completing both sides from beginning to and making the first street in the city to be so beautified. On Burleigh Street 1,509 lineal feet of 5'0" walk was constructed. This construction of concrete sidewalk was continued at the beginning of the summer...
  • Sidewalks - Wayland MA
    Multiple New Deal agencies contributed to the construction of sidewalks in Wayland, Mass.
  • Sidewalks - Weston WV
    The W.P.A. constructed sidewalks in Weston, West Virginia.
  • Sidewalks - Whitman MA
    Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) labor constructed sidewalks in Whitman, Massachusetts. WPA Bulletin, from the Brockton Enterprise: Work will start Tuesday on the construction of a new sidewalk on the easterly side of Pleasant street from South avenue to the Reed school and the residents of East Whitman, who have watched the re-building of new sidewalk on the westerly side now nearly completed to Lazel street, express the wish that the same employees continue on their job with the same foremen in charge. It is the unanimous opinion of the residents in that part of the town that this improvement has been made...
  • Sidewalks - Woodland CA
    The Works Progress Administration built sidewalks in Woodland in 1938. The sidewalks are located in the neighborhood west of the Douglass Middle School. Several “WPA 1938” can be found on site.
  • Sidewalks - Woonsocket RI
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed many new sidewalks in Woonsocket, including that along the north side of South Main Street at Smithfield Road. A WPA marker can be found embedded in the sidewalk at that location.
  • Sidewalks and Curbs - Columbus TX
    The W.P.A. constructed curbs and sidewalks in Columbus, Texas. There are at least six instances of "Work Progress Administration" stamped in the sidewalks, and one example of a similarly stamped curb. These locations are all within a mile and a half of the courthouse.
  • Sidewalks and Street Improvements - Martinez CA
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built sidewalks, gutters, curbs and other streets improvements throughout the city of Martinez.  There were two main projects, one starting in 1938 and the other in 1941, according to WPA project cards in the National Archives.   The total funding was around $375,000, a considerable sum for the WPA, so there must have been a large amount of street work, as well, but this was not marked and cannot be identified.  WPA sidewalk stamps can still be found here and there around the older parts of town. Many have been lost to curb cuts and sidewalk replacements...
  • Sidewalks on Courthouse Plaza (former) - Prescott AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed sidewalks all over Prescott AZ, including around Courthouse Plaza.  According to the WPA stamp in the photograph, the sidewalk was part of Project No. 65-2-105 in 1936.   Unfortunately, the entire plaza has been renovated and the stamp shown here has disappeared -- despite the photographer's happiness on seeing "that such things are preserved."
  • Sidewalks on North Arizona Street - Prescott AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built sidewalks on both sides of North Arizona Street where it runs through Ken Lindley Park and in front of the Museum of Indigenous People in what is now the Prescott Armory Historic District.  There are several WPA sidewalk stamps dating from 1936 to 1938. Curiously, these sidewalks are not mentioned in the Historic American Landscape Survey report on the historic district done in 2014.  There is also a 1937 WPA stamp on the narrow sidewalk along the north side of Ken Lindley park on E. Willis Street and another on the west side on S....
  • Sidewalks on South Washington Street - Prescott AZ
    The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built sidewalks all around Prescott AZ, including on the 300 block of South Washington Street, between 1936 and 1938. The WPA sidewalks on S. Washington are in good condition after eight decades. The contributors notes: "These WPA-marked sidewalks located in a "historical" district, and we would like to keep them. The city wants to rip them up."
  • Sidewalks, Curbs and Gutters, Lakeshore Avenue - Oakland CA
    The Works Projects Administration (WPA) did extensive sidewalk construction along Oakland's Lakeshore Ave. There are still many stamps in the pavement reading "WPA 1940" and "WPA 1941" for a long two blocks stretch from Walavista to Rosal to Prince Streets.  The pavement stamps are mostly in driveways, but other can be seen on the sidewalks and gutters along both sides of Lakeshore. By 1940, the WPA had come under the direction of the Federal Works Administration (FWA) in a government reorganization of 1939 and its name was slightly altered from "Progress" to "Projects".
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