Where in the World is Evan: Oklahoma’s State Route 325

While researching New Deal sites in Oklahoma, the Living New Deal’s Evan Kalish discovered an astounding collection of Works Progress Administration (WPA) structures along State Route 325. This remote stretch of road crosses more than 20 culverts marked with WPA stamps. Evan came across them by chance, traveling from Boise City to Kenton. Such markers are reliable sources tying a site to the New Deal, but they are typically difficult to spot.  Because systematic records of New Deal public works are scarce, and rarely include exact locations, field research is often the only way to be sure of finding sites. Evan’s discovery and his meticulous recording of the markers’ coordinates is helping us build the most comprehensive database of New Deal-built infrastructure ever done.

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