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The Works Progress Administration

 
 
The Works Progress Administration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
1. The Works Progress Administration Marker
Inscription.  The WPA (Works Progress Administration) funded the design and construction of Vulcan Park in the late 1930s. This was done in conjunction with the Alabama Highway Department’s improvement of U.S. Highway 31, the major north/south route that runs along the east side of the park.
 
Erected by Mr. and Mrs. William M. Spencer III and Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkMan-Made Features.
 
Location. 33° 29.507′ N, 86° 47.747′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Drive west of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South. Located in Vulcan Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birmingham District Minerals (a few steps from this marker); Building The Park (a few steps from this marker); South (a few steps from this marker); The Lone Pine Mine
The Works Progress Administration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
2. The Works Progress Administration Marker
Local builders and stonemasons, funded by the Works Progress Administration, executed the park’s design. As with other WPA-era projects in Birmingham and across the state, native sandstone was prominent feature.
(a few steps from this marker); Vulcan Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); A New City (within shouting distance of this marker); Before Birmingham: Jones Valley (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  Vulcan Park and Museum. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
 
Illustration by Paul R. Olson image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
3. Illustration by Paul R. Olson
Thanks to careful study of original plans and historic photos, today’s park looks very much as it did in the 1930s.
Courtesy of Alabama State Archives image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
4. Courtesy of Alabama State Archives
The WPA was the principal relief agency of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era New Deal; it put millions of unemployed people to work on civic projects.
The Works Progress Administration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 17, 2013
5. The Works Progress Administration Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   5. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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