- Pittsfield, ME
- Site Type:
- Infrastructure and Utilities, Airports
- New Deal Agencies:
- Works Progress Administration (WPA), Work Relief Programs
From the Pittsfield Historical Society:
One project that had far-reaching importance to Pittsfield was the construction of an airport. Mr. McDonough was an old baseball player and he urged many of the towns to build baseball fields. Our officials preferred and strongly recommended an airport and after several meetings in Augusta, a grant of $25,000 was made to Pittsfield for the survey and initial construction of two runways. [1 2400 x 100 gravel runway and 1 2000 x 100 gravel runway.] Administrator Badger appointed Ralph Cianchette Foreman and work was started. As a result of this decision, Pittsfield was later designated an official landing field on the first Maine airway map, and when the war came and a cadet program inaugurated at M. C. I. this field was one of the few to be developed. Representative Cook, Mr. Badger, and Colonel Morrill made the first official flight from this new field.
W.P.A. project information:
“Construct municipal airport”
Official Project Number: 165‐1‐11‐87
Total project cost: $574,500.00
Sponsor: Town of Pittsfield
Nationwide Context, Inventory, and Heritage Assessment of Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps Resources on Department of Defense Installations, July 2009 (page C-86).
Site originally submitted by Andrew Laverdiere and Evan Kalish on February 8, 2018.
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