Arvin community hall, side and rear view
The Resettlement Administration built this camp for migrant farm labor, and it is still in use.
“Camps would be constructed to provide migratory families with minimum decencies: a healthful site, a pure water supply, sanitary facilities of all kinds, and other simple amenities. Ten to a dozen camps were planned; two were constructed by the Resettlement Administration before it was absorbed into the Farm Security Administration in 1937. One was at Marysville and the other near Weedpatch” (Lowitt, 184).
While writing “The Grapes of Wrath”, John Steinbeck visited Bakersfield, and based his book on the Arvin Farm Labor Camp, which in his book is called “Weedpatch Camp.”
Project submitted by both Douglas Dodd, and by Gail Erwin with the San Joaquin Historical Society and Museum. Croutch, Albert. Housing Migratory Agricultural Workers in California, 1913-1948. Thesis, UC, 1948. 46-56, 70,71. Richard Lowitt, The New Deal and the West. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984), 184. www.weedpatchcamp.com
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