New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
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1937 Lagoon Bridge (City Park)


The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by
executive order of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on May 6, 1935. It replaced the
Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) as the federal government agency
responsible for combatting the ill effects of the Great Depression. The WPA was
a work relief program and it was instrumental in providing jobs for many
individuals who had become unemployed during the nation's economic

WPA projects in the Crescent City ranged from street paving
and bridge building to bookbinding and adult education. A considerable amount of
the agency's varied activities in New Orleans and throughout the state was
documented by WPA photographers. This collection is the product of their

The caption for this photo of a WPA built bridge in City Park read 'This
is one of the several new bridges in City Park extension which afords motorists
a drive around the entire park.'

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