Rohner Park Rodeo Grounds – Fortuna CA

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Description

In 1940, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) developed the rodeo grounds at the Municipal Park, now Rohner Park, in Fortuna.  WPA relief workers built the grandstand, judges stand, concession stands, restrooms and more – most of which appear to still be in place.  

Next to the rodeo grounds is a large building called “Firemen’s Hall”, which may well be the barn  indicated in the original WPA work order (see image).

At the entrance to the rodeo grounds, there is a marker crediting the WPA and the city of Fortuna with creating the Municipal Park.

Project Details

Federal Cost Local Cost Total Cost Project #'s
$18,795 $9,222 $28,017

Source notes

WPA Project Card, # 65-1-08-2287, 1939-40

Project originally submitted by Joan Greer on June 10, 2021.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

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Location Info


Rohner Park
Fortuna, CA 95540

Coordinates: 40.602208, -124.148405

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