Little Falls in Morrison County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The WPA Builds a Park in the Rustic Style
During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated federal programs aimed at putting people back to work. One of these programs was the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which focused on building bridges, roads, and public parks.
When WPA projects were being considered for the park, the Lindbergh family requested that the area be kept as natural as possible.
The WPA projects in the park were done in a rustic style and used local materials like logs and stone. This fit with the desired natural character of the newly established park. Today, the WPA buildings are designated as a National Historic District and they remain an important park of the park's cultural heritage.
Erected by Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
Location. 45° 57.469′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1620 Lindbergh Drive South, Little Falls MN 56345, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Childhood Memories of a Magical Place (here, next to this marker); The Boyhood Farm of Charles Lindbergh (here, next to this marker); WPA Water Tower & Shelter Building (a few steps from this marker); Big White Pine (within shouting distance of this marker); Tenant Farmer House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lindbergh House (about 800 feet away); Lindbergh State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Boyhood on the Mississippi (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Little Falls.
Also see . . .
1. Charles A. Lindbergh State Park MN. (Submitted on October 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The WPA in Minnesota. (Submitted on October 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. WPA Projects Throughout Minnesota. (Submitted on October 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.