Keystone Corridor Electrification – Southeast PA

Electrification of the Keystone [rail] Corridor “west of Paoli to Harrisburg came in the 1930s, after the PRR completed electrifying its New York-Washington, D.C. section (the present-day Northeast Corridor).” The total cost … was financed by government-supported loans from the… read more

Laurel Hill State Park – Somerset PA

“Beginning in 1935, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration began purchasing sub-marginal agricultural and forest land so that it could be converted to better use. In 1936, the National Park Service was given the responsibility of the Recreational Demonstration Areas. Laurel… read more

Linn Run State Park – Rector PA

A Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey documents both CCC and WPA work on the park: “The CCC and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) jointly developed Linn Run State Park. There is some indication from secondary sources that the WPA constructed the… read more

Monocacy Park – Bethlehem PA

The WPA constructed stone walks, walls, benches, tables, fireplace, pavilions, and footbridges to build Monocacy Park between 1936 and 1937. A swimming pool was also constructed above the dam, but this feature is no longer in use due to sediment…. read more