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A NEW DEAL PROJECT IN ARKANSAS -[pictures & story] Lake Dick, Arkansas represents the most socialistically oriented of the many cooperative farms

Lake Dick, Arkansas represents a unique experience in American agricultural history because it is one of a small number of communal farms established and operated by the United States Government as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Lake Dick represents the most socialistically oriented of the many cooperative farms established in the 1930’s. “The organization […]

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These innovative housing designs from 1935 would rival many ‘Green Housing’ designs today!

Greenbelt towns would rival ‘Green Projects’ today In the midst of The Great Depression, a New Deal program called the Greenbelt Town program, built a series of highly rational garden cities that would rival “Green projects” today. Only three small projects were built. Greenhills, Ohio is one of only three “Greenbelt Towns” built in the […]

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The people of Ola, Idaho rallied together during the Great Depression and built themselves a better life.

The picturesque town of Ola, Idaho was an isolated community due to impassable roads much of the winter and this created significant problems for them during the Great Depression. Ola is an unincorporated community in Gem County, Idaho, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles north of Emmett.  Carroll Baird homesteaded along Squaw Creek, less than […]

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Circleville, Ohio [vintage pics] – “the other side of the tracks” – Hooverville 1938

The town of Circleville, Ohio had difficulty housing many of the farmers of foreclosed homes in town. Consequently,  shanty towns built by homeless people sprang up on the outskirts of town and were promptly named Hooverville as were many other shantytowns were named throughout the country. The towns were named after President Herbert Hoover who […]