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From: "Betty" <>
Subject: Re: WPA
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 10:12:18 -0500
Hi Bob, and List,
This is a coincidence since I was just chatting with the owner of a local
antique shop yesterday - about the log cabins which were in the
"Ashby-Townsend State Park" for some 60 years. I was told that the four
cabins were built by the WPA in the 1930's. When I first went there with
my family as a child in the 1940's, they were authentic log cabins with no
electricity, no running water, etc., and an outhouse off in the woods behind
each cabin. They also had an "icebox" outside each front door, so that we
had to stop at the local "ice house" on the way to the State Park for a
couple blocks of ice. Once there, we had to take our pails and walk up to
the Ranger's house and use the "water pump" outside to pump water for our
use in the cabins.
We stayed there into the 1960's, and then I took my sons up there in the
1980's for a week in one of the log cabins. Unfortunately, I found out in
the 1990's that the cabins had to be torn down. And, because of all the
budget-cuts for State Parks, there are no plans to rebuild.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
FYI: If and when I ever hit it big in the Lottery, I would love to buy a
piece of land in a rural town in MA or NH and .. have four to six, authentic
Log Cabins built on the land - to be used for "school field trips."
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Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2005 1:54 PM
> I have family members who were in the WPA in the early 1900s.
> Would anyone know if there is any information on the people who were in
> at that time, and if it is on line? They lived in MA.