Sewer Repair SW First & SW Sheridan (improved) – Portland OR

Description

During the hard winter months of 1933-1934, the Civil Works Administration (CWA) was a work relief program that employed Portlanders on a variety of needed projects. Sewer repair work was one such project category. These men are shown doing sewer repair in the Lair Hill neighborhood at SW First and SW Sheridan on January 30, 1934.

The CWA served as a federal relief program from November 8, 1933 through March 31, 1934.  When the CWA began, Oregon anticipated being able to put 21,000 men back to work on small projects involving a large amount of hand labor. The projects were submitted for approval to the CWA and the jobless were asked to apply to the administration.

The CWA was part of the Federal Emergency Relief Act (FERA). FERA operated from May 12, 1933 through 1935 when it was replaced by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) as the New Deal’s primary work relief program.

Source notes

"Orders Received for Civil Works: Start on Projects Set for Thursday,"  Oregonian.  November 19, 1933.

"Sewer Repair on SW Sheridan & SW First Avenue," PWA Collection, City of Portland Archives. Vintage Portland Elfies: https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/record/3897492

Project originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on October 26, 2022.

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Location Info


SW First and SW Sheridan
Portland, OR 97201

Coordinates: 45.5045, -122.678

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