Rye Harbor – Rye NH


The federal Public Works Administration helped to finance a large jetty construction project in Rye Harbor, New Hampshire. The PWA provided a $126,000 grant toward the project, whose construction occurred between 1938 and 1939. (PWA Docket No. NH [X]1090.)

A local 1939 newspaper reported that: “A meeting of the Rye Harbor Development Commission was held yesterday… Matters were taken up pertaining to dredging operations at Rye Harbor and the National Guard encampment in preparation for a bill which will be placed before the legislature. It was brought out at the meeting that this project is one of the few undertakings being carried out with a combination of state funds and a PWA grant where the work is considerably ahead of schedule, and where the project will be completed at a considerable saving, and it was emphasized that the amount thus saved should be set aside for further work at the harbor, and not turned back into state funds. Plans are being made for an inspection of the development and of the National Guard site by the members of the coastwise improvements, appropriations and finance committees.”

Source notes

The Portsmouth Herald, 16 March 1939

National Archives: Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 16.

Project originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere on May 25, 2014.

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Location Info

Rye, NH 03870

Coordinates: 43.000759, -70.748161

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