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Hugo in Lincoln County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hugo Municipal Pool

Works Progress Administration

 

— 1938 —

 
Hugo Municipal Pool WPA Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2018
1. Hugo Municipal Pool WPA Marker
Inscription.  
Erected through
the cooperation of
Federal, State and
local governments
by Works Progress
Administration
Dedicated to the
enrichment
of human lives
A record of
permanent
achievement

 
Erected 1938 by Works Progress Administration.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkGovernment & PoliticsMan-Made FeaturesNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 39° 7.998′ N, 103° 27.952′ W. Marker is in Hugo, Colorado, in Lincoln County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street (U.S. 287) and 6th Avenue, on the right when traveling north on 4th Street. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just right of the main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hugo CO 80821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Hugo Municipal Pool Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible just right of entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2018
2. Hugo Municipal Pool Marker (wide view; marker visible just right of entrance)
. Hugo Country (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Lincoln County (about 400 feet away); Arriba Country (approx. 14.6 miles away).
 
Regarding Hugo Municipal Pool. National Register of Historic Places (2008)
 
Also see . . .
1. Hugo Municipal Pool.
The Hugo Municipal Pool was built in 1936–38 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project designed to provide employment and improve quality of life during the Great Depression. As in the rest of eastern Colorado, the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl caused tremendous hardship in Hugo. New Deal programs like the WPA helped soften the blow by providing employment opportunities and building public amenities. The pool and bathhouse were designed by district WPA engineer Lloyd E. Heggenberger. The bathhouse, like Heggenberger’s other projects, had a modernist design. In this case the style was WPA Art Moderne, with a flat roof, rounded corners, and horizontal bands of windows that curved around the corners. Despite the modern design, the building used a traditional construction method—adobe blocks—in order to minimize the cost of materials and maximize the money spent on labor. The community continues to use the pool every summer. (Submitted on June 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Hugo Municipal Pool (<i>southeast side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2018
3. Hugo Municipal Pool (southeast side view)

2. Works Progress Administration.
Works Progress Administration (WPA), also called (1939–43) Work Projects Administration, was a work program for the unemployed that was created in 1935 under U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. During its eight-year existence, the WPA put some 8.5 million people to work (over 11 million were unemployed in 1934) at a cost to the federal government of approximately $11 billion. The agency’s construction projects produced more than 650,000 miles (1,046,000 km) of roads; 125,000 public buildings; 75,000 bridges; 8,000 parks; and 800 airports. (Submitted on June 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Hugo Municipal Pool image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2018
4. Hugo Municipal Pool
Hugo Municipal Pool (<i>filling the pool for summer opening day!</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2018
5. Hugo Municipal Pool (filling the pool for summer opening day!)
Hugo Municipal Pool (<i>front view; WPA Art Moderne architecture</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 26, 2018
6. Hugo Municipal Pool (front view; WPA Art Moderne architecture)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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