The WPA Guide to South Dakota

The Federal Writers' Project Guide to 1930s South Dakota

The WPA Guide to South Dakota


The WPA Guide to South Dakota

The WPA Guide to South Dakota

Providing a fascinating glimpse of Depression-era South Dakota, a classic travel guide, created by the Works Progress Administration as part of the American Guide series, captures the remarkable diversity of the state's physical and cultural landscapes as it documents the historic byways and backroads of the Mount Rushmore State. Reprint.

The WPA Guide to South Dakota

The Prairie State

The WPA Guide to South Dakota

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor.

North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State,

North Dakota, a Guide to the Northern Prairie State,

written by workers of the Federal Writersþ Project of the Works progress administration for the state of North Dakota, sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

The WPA Guide to Wyoming

The Cowboy State

The WPA Guide to Wyoming

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor. Published in 1941, on the fiftieth anniversary of the state, the WPA Guide to Wyoming is a thorough reflection of both the history of the state’s pioneer routes as well an attempt to capture the beauty of the surrounding area in photographs. Descriptions of the Equality State’s livestock and oil industries are included as well as pictorial documentation of the area’s vast expanses of open land.

The WPA Guide to Minnesota

The North Star State

The WPA Guide to Minnesota

During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The American Guide series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom would later become celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these important books. John Steinbeck, Saul Bellow, Zora Neale Hurston, and Ralph Ellison are among the more than 6,000 writers, editors, historians, and researchers who documented this celebration of local histories. Photographs, drawings, driving tours, detailed descriptions of towns, and rich cultural details exhibit each state’s unique flavor. The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes is well represented in this WPA Guide to Minnesota. From the Grand Portage State Park to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, the reader is taken on a journey through this Midwestern state as it was in the early 20th century. In total, it profiles 47 cities and towns but emphasizes outdoor recreation, which is significant in the North Star State.

South Dakota Guide

South Dakota Guide


The WPA Guide to 1930s Montana

The WPA Guide to 1930s Montana

First published in 1939, this nostalgic guide includes chapters on Montana's natural setting, history, economy, and cultural life as of half a century ago, plus separate entries for Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula--which at the time boasted four hotels and five-cent bus fares. There then follow, in the WPA Guide tradition, 18 tours that crisscross the state and point out not only natural splendors along the way but also such noteworthy historic sites as Custer Battlefield, the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Boothill Cemetery in Virginia City, and the site of the "holing-up" shanty of Calamity Jane. Fourteen additional tours--four for roads, ten for trails--guide readers through Glacier National Park.

The WPA Guide to America

The Best of 1930s America as Seen by the Federal Writers' Project

The WPA Guide to America


Wpa Guide to Minnesota

Wpa Guide to Minnesota