Ten federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers constructed more than two miles of drainage ditches (and re-dug many old ditches) over a period of six months between 1935 and 1936. The effort was undertaken to combat mosquito infestations in Morristown, New Jersey. “The drainage ditches in the area, bounded by Franklin, … and Washington avenues, are clearly visible from trains along the Lackawanna.” 3,000 man-hours of labor went into the project.
"The Dawn," a New Jersey WPA publication; July 1936 issue, page 5. Found at the Jersey City Public Library's New Jersey Room. Daily Record, Morristown, NJ (1936)
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 8, 2015.
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