- Site Type:
- Parks and Recreation, Archaeology and History, Historical Restoration
- New Deal Agencies:
- Works Progress Administration (WPA), Conservation and Public Lands, Work Relief Programs, National Park Service (NPS)
- Quality of Information:
- Site Survival:
The Works Progess Administration (WPA) did landscape cleanup around Fort DeRussy in Rock Creek Park. Crews removed underbrush, poisonous plants, and dead trees from the old earthworks, which were then (and are now) heavily forested.
Fort DeRussy is a Civil War-era fortification constructed in 1861 on a hilltop on the west side of Rock Creek, as part of the defenses of Washington. It is a trapezoidal earthwork with a perimeter of 190 yards and places for 13 guns. It is maintained today by the National Park Service.
District of Columbia Works Progress Administration, “Improving Parks of Capital,” Work: A Journal of Progress, Vol. 1, No. 1, Sept. 1936, p. 10
Site originally submitted by Brent McKee - wpatoday.org on June 5, 2015.
Additional contributions by Richard A Walker.
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- Rock Creek Park: Improvements - Washington DC
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