Friday, March 21, 2014
58,000 miles of WPA landscaping
(According to an article from the June 10, 1940 edition of the Baltimore Sun, the WPA landscaped this section of Ritchie Highway, in Anne Arundel County, Maryland (near the Severn River and the Naval Academy). The article reported that more WPA landscape work on Ritchie Highway would include the planting of "1,000 dogwood trees, 100 large and 2,000 small pines, 150 redbuds, 16,000 coralberry plants, and 250,000 honeysuckle plants.").
Across the country, WPA workers landscaped 58,209 miles of roadways. That's enough miles of landscaping to go around the Earth twice, and then some.
(A WPA poster promoting care and appreciation. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.)