Big Timber’s Pioneer newspaper reported that the “riprapping [of] Silver Bow creek near Meaderville” was one of many several dozen projects in the state of Montana whose funding was approved by the WPA during July 1938.
Riprapping refers to the formation of breakwaters or other structures using loose stones. It is possible that the project was undertaken to mitigate erosion in the area.
A sum of $31,307 was allocated to the project.
The precise location of this project, given the description provided in the newspaper, is difficult to discern. Meaderville (whose approximate coordinates are given as the site for this project), a former suburb of Butte northeast of the town, was effectively destroyed as the community was bulldozed to make way for a massive open-pit mine during the mid-1950s. Modern-day Silver Bow Creek flows along the south side of Butte.
"State WPA Administrator Parker Gives Project Approvals For July"; Big Timber Pioneer, Aug. 4, 1938 (page 1).
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on March 1, 2014.
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