Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2,500 WPA Garages

(Photo by Brent McKee, 2011.)

Across America, the WPA built 2,522 new garages, and repaired or improved hundreds more. Some might label these projects "boondoggles," but they served very useful purposes. For example, the garage pictured above was built by WPA workers at Patuxent Research Refuge (PRR)--in Maryland--and has served the science and maintenance staff at PRR for decades. At PRR, scientists have performed important research on waterfowl, the pesticide DDT, and much more. (The WPA played a large role in the creation of PRR, this garage was just a small part of their work.)

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