“The Hampton Watervorks is located on the north side of Hunt Street west of Lee Street in downtown Hampton, the seat of Calhoun County in southwest Arkansas. The metaI water tower and associated well house were built by the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co. for the Public Works Administration in 1937.”
“By the 1930s, Hampton was in need of a good public water supply. The city applied to the Public Works Administration for a waterworks and on July 21, 1936, the PWA awarded a $15,000 loan and a $12,191 grant for the project. A contract for $24,047 was awarded on September 18, 1936, and the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co. began construction on October 2, 1936. Construction was complete by March 31, 1937, and the Hampton Waterworks continues to serve the people of the community to this day.
The Hampton Waterworks remains today as a testament to the work of the Public Works Administration, a New Deal agency that put unemployed Americans to work during the Great Depression while bringing badly needed infrastructure to communities of all sizes throughout Arkansas.”
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