• 8th and Denver Culvert - Okemah OK
    This culvert was completed in 1939 by the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). It runs north-south and crosses Denver on the east side of N. 8th. The tunnel is constructed using large cut block, and the opening is approximately 3 ft. by 5 ft. The curbing at each end is stamped with the WPA shield indicating 1939.
  • 8th Street Culvert - Okemah OK
    The Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) completed this culvert in 1939. It appears to handle water running through a two-block, man-made drainage ditch, just west of the WPA athletic stadium. The culvert runs east-west and is approximately 3 ft. high by 6 ft. wide. The culvert is constructed of large, cut blocks.
  • Municipal Park - Okemah OK
    The Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination for WPA properties lists this city park as constructed by the WPA in 1935: "This city park was developed by the WPA. A small ditch was constructed and runs through the middle of the park. A small bridgeway, picnic tables, and playground equipment have been added to the park. The tennis courts are also located on the park grounds, and were also constructed by the WPA."  
  • N 8th and Boston Culvert - Okemah OK
    At the intersection of N. 8th and Boston in a residential area, there are two WPA culverts which pass under 8th Street east to west. One culvert has the WPA shield stamped 1939 at either end; the other does not. The culverts are constructed of large cut stones, and have curbing that is quite tall vertically. The openings are approximately 3 ft. by 5 ft.
  • Okemah Armory (former) - Okemah OK
    "Armory construction was the first major thrust of the WPA Building Program in Oklahoma. By mid-1937, 126 armories had been constructed throughout the United States, with 51 of these projects located in Oklahoma. When the WPA ended its program in 1943, 54 armories had been built and 53 others 'reconstructed' in the state. The new construction infused $3.5 million into local Oklahoma economies. Groundbreaking for the Okemah Amory took place in October of 1935, and construction proceeded through the rest of the year, through 1936, and into 1937. Due to labor shortages, material shortages, and weather-related shutdowns, a short project expanded...
  • Pecan Bowl - Okemah OK
    The Pecan Bowl was constructed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. “Stadiums, like schools, came in many styles and colors, perhaps according to available rock or style of the nearby school. The Pecan Bowl in Okemah is especially attractive. The Okemah Stadium was built in an amphitheatre style, using a natural slope in the ground. It has dark red sandstone, typical of central and western Oklahoma.”
  • Post Office - Okemah OK
    The post office in Okemah was completed in 1938 with funds provided by the Treasury Department. It is also the site of Walter Richard "Dick" West's 1941 mural, "Grand Council of 1842," completed with funds provided by the federal government and viewable in the lobby.  
  • Post Office Mural - Okemah OK
    The post office contains a 1941 Section of Fine Arts mural "Grand Council of 1842" painted by Richard West. This work is a work having a rather flat perspective by West depicting the Grand Council of 1842, probably 1843 which was a peace treaty between multiple Indian Tribes and Texas. The treaty was signed in March of 1843 and subsequently a Grand Council of representatives of the Delawares, CAddoes, Wacos, Shawnees, Ionies, Anadarko, Tawakano, Wichitas, and Kichai. The treaty was signed and then completed in September at Bird’s Fort. Richard West was born near the Darlington Agency in Oklahoma, attended the Haskell...
  • Public Library - Okemah OK
    "n 1937 a new library was constructed under the Workers Progress Administration.  An addition was added to the library in the 1960’s. Okemah Public Library is still located in this historic rock building. The library is located by scenic Noble Park with the WPA canal and is one block from Okemah’s middle school. Unique to our library are the two original stone fireplaces that lend a quaint charm to the library’s interior."   (https://www.okemah.okpls.org/) Note: the Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory form lists the date of construction as 1935.
  • Stadium Culvert - Okemah OK
    This culvert, located on the east side of Pecan Bowl Stadium in Okemah, Oklahoma was constructed of large cut stones by the Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA). The culvert runs east-west, at the intersection of N. 6th St. and W. Frisco. The opening is about 2 ft. high and 6 ft. wide. The WPA was very visible in Okemah. The Armory directly south of this culvert was also a WPA project, as was Pecan Bowl Stadium adjacent to the culvert.