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Across America 1



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Across America 1


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Above: Exhibit AA-1.  The Statue of Liberty.  Beginning in 1937, the WPA began repairing the Statue of Liberty and improving the surrounding park area.  (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)


Above: Exhibit AA-2.  Dracula Poster.  As you've seen throughout this website, the WPA created some great artwork.  One of my favorites is this "Dracula" poster.  The WPA artwork now helps the private sector via retailers who sell reproductions.  For example, search Ebay with the keywords "WPA poster."  The WPA art I use on this website is in the public domain, provided courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.


Above: Exhibit AA-3.  LaGuardia Airport.  The WPA helped build LaGuardia Airport in New York. 
(Photo is in the public domain, courtesy of Javier Perez B. and Wikipedia)
 

Above:
Exhibit AA-4a.  
Dinosaur Park: Rapid City, South Dakota
.  The WPA helped build the tourist attraction "Dinosaur Park." 
(Photo is in the public domain, courtesy of Minnesota Jones and Wikipedia)



Above: Exhibit AA-4b.  Dinosaur Park: Rapid City, South Dakota (cont'd).  A nice view of Dinosaur Park's Brontosaurus.  (Photo by Janell Brown, used with permission)


Above: Exhibit AA-4c.
 Dinosaur Park: Rapid City, South Dakota (cont'd)
.  An information plaque at Dinosaur Park.  (Photo by Janell Brown, used with permission)


Above: Exhibit AA-5a.  Odessa Meteor Shaft.  In 1940 and 1941, the WPA went tunneling in the Odessa Meteor Crater in Texas, looking for a meteor fragment.  No fragment was found, and it has since been theorized that the meteor blew up before reaching the ground, i.e., the crater is a blast crater, not an impact crater.  (Photo by anonymous contributor)    


Above: Exhibit AA-5b.  Odessa Meteor Shaft (cont'd).  This sign reads: "This 8' x 12' shaft was dug by WPA Labor in 1940-41, under the supervision of the University of Texas, to study the effect of meteoric impact on the earth's strata.  No large meteoric mass has been found buried under the crater or rim."  (Photo by anonymous contributor)


Above:
Exhibit AA-6a.  Legion Park Bowl: Gadsden, Alabama
.  See the sign in Exhibit AA-6c, below, for information on this structure.  (Photo by Byron Hooks, used with permission)


Above: Exhibit AA-6b. 
Legion Park Bowl: Gadsden, Alabama (cont'd)
.  (Photo by Byron Hooks, used with permission)


Above:
Exhibit AA-6c.  Legion Park Bowl: Gadsden, Alabama (cont'd)
.  (Photo by Byron Hooks, used with permission)


Above:
Exhibit AA-7a.  Fresno Fire Station #3:  Fresno, California
.  This building appears to have been contructed utilizing funds from the Public Works Administration.  It is not clear whether WPA labor also contributed to the project.  (Photo by Kelly Hobbs, used with permission)



Above:
Exhibit AA-7b.  Fresno Fire Station #3: Fresno, California (cont'd)
.  An information plaque attached to the fire station.  (Photo by Kelly Hobbs, used with permission)


Above:
Exhibit AA-8a.  Mineral Palace Park: Pueblo, Colorado
.  The WPA created, repaired, and improved parks across America.  This band shell was created by the WPA, not only to provide a structure for entertainment, but also to train workers in construction trades.  (Photo by Tony Baca, used with permission)



Above:
Exhibit AA-8b.  Mineral Palace Park: Pueblo, Colorado (cont'd)
.  Another view of the band shell (Photo by Tony Baca, used with permission)


Above:
Exhibit AA-8c.  Mineral Palace Park: Pueblo, Colorado
(cont'd)
.  The WPA also created this stone bridge.  (Photo by Tony Baca, used with permission)


Above:
Exhibit AA-9a.  D
aytona Beach Bandshell: Florida.  The WPA worked on this project from 1936 to 1938 (Photo by S. MacPherson, used with permission).


Above: Exhibit AA-9b.
 Daytona Beach Bandshell: Florida (cont'd)
.  Another view of the band shell.  (Photo by Sandy MacPherson, used with permission)



Above: Exhibit 10a.  Toledo Zoo: Ohio.  The WPA built, repaired, and improved zoos across the U.S.  This aquarium building at the Toledo Zoo was built by the WPA.  (Photo by Thomas Fritsch, used with permission)


Above: Exhibit 10b.  Toledo Zoo: Ohio (cont'd).  An information plaque on the aquarium building.  (Photo by Thomas Fritsch, used with permission)

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