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Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Depression Era Group: 1927 - 1939

 

—Fort Bliss Main Post Historic District —

 
Depression Era Group: 1927 - 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 12, 2016
1. Depression Era Group: 1927 - 1939 Marker
Inscription. These red brick Craftsman-style bungalows and the Spanish Eclectic-style quarters across the parade ground to the south were built between 1930 and 1939. Their construction was part of a nationwide Army building program which added many new officer and non-commissioned officer quarters, barracks, stables, garages, and other structures to Fort Bliss - over 200 buildings in all.

Fort Bliss had suffered from a housing shortage and lack of training areas since the early 1920s. Many hastily-constructed wood buildings from the Punitive Expedition (1916-1917) and World War I mobilization (1918-1919) were still in use. A local planning board under Lieutenant Colonel J. E. Gaujot had already surveyed deficiencies and recommended improvements when Congress appropriated the necessary funds in 1927. Construction began in March 1929 with the addition of 70 quarters for non-commissioned officers.

The Depression expedited the Army's housing program, as Federal relief agencies sought opportunities to provide employment and stimulate the economy. Labor was paid through the Public Works Administration (PWA) while the Army provided construction materials. Several units used inexpensive adobe for their vehicle sheds. The PWA, the Civil Works Administration, and the Works Progress Administration contributed to planting, landscaping,
Depression Era Group: 1927 - 1939 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., April 12, 2016
2. Depression Era Group: 1927 - 1939 Marker
roadwork, drainage, fencing, and recreational facilities for the post. Soldiers and their families, as well as local craftsmen and workers, benefited from these programs between 1934 and World War II.
 
Location. 31° 48.151′ N, 106° 26.055′ W. Marker is in Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Pershing Circle, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: El Paso TX 79906, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pershing Circle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Howze House (about 400 feet away); Hammett House (about 400 feet away); Quarters 213, Chaparral House (approx. ¼ mile away); Hinman Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Abrams House (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilson Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Polk House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bliss.
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 137 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2017, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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