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Pangborn Park



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Pangborn Park, Hagerstown
(See Photos Below!)
WPA Project's 156 and 3113, circa 1935-1937

     Pangborn Park is a relatively small park, but still offers tennis courts, an area for horseshoe throwing, a baseball field, a child's playground, a picnic shelter, and an artificial lake.  Pangborn was one of 64 parks that the WPA built or improved in Maryland.

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Photo credits: Unless otherwise noted, all black and white photos were taken by the WPA, are in the public domain, and provided courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.  All color photos--unless otherwise noted--were taken by Brent McKee.  Click here for more information on photo credits, permission to use, and exhibit descriptions
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Above: The description card for this photograph reads, "Excavation for artificial lake, which was used in shaping terraces for playground."  (Photo taken December 16, 1935)


Above: Working on the wall of the artificial lake.  The hole in the wall may be the beginning of an entrance or exit way for water.  (Photo taken circa 1936)


Above: A partial view of the completed lake.  (Photo taken circa 1936)


Above:  A stream that runs alongside the park.  Today, this stream still exists and it helps move water in and out of the artificial lake (see color photos further down this page).  (Photo taken circa 1936)


Above: WPA workers landscaping and planting in the park.  (Photo taken May 20, 1937)


Above: A base has been set for the tennis courts.  (Photo taken September 30, 1937)


Above: A closer view of the tractor used to help create the tennis courts.  Note the work crew to the right.  (Photo taken circa 1937)


Above: A good view of the stone steps at Pangborn Park.  (Photo taken November 16, 1937)


Above: The artificial lake at Pangborn Park, as it appears today.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: Another view of the lake.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: This is the stream that runs alongside the park and helps water move in and out of the lake.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: This is the point where the stream begins flowing into the park.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: This is the point where part of the the stream is diverted into the artificial lake.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: This is where excess water in the lake is directed back into the stream. (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: The stone steps at Pangborn Park.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: There are several stone structures at Pangborn Park that appear to be WPA-built, but I haven't confirmed it yet.  (Photo taken in 2011)  


Above: This appears to be a storm water drain.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above:  The park has several of these green light poles, but I'm not sure if they were put in by the WPA.  (Photo taken in 2011)


Above: The tennis courts at Pangborn Park.  (Photo taken in 2011)
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