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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 Departmentís 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.
 
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. Touch for map. Located in Vulcan Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America.
 
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 (a few steps from this marker); Vulcan Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry (within shouting distance of this marker);
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 parkís design. As with other WPA-era projects in Birmingham and across the state, native sandstone was prominent feature.
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.)
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkMan-Made Features
 
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, todayís 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 Rooseveltís 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. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 390 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   5. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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