Depression Project Improves Grantsville in 1936


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/22/1936.

Town Improved by WPA

Hundreds of otherwise idle men from the relief rolls have been given steady employment on permanent public improvements in Calhoun county by WPA.

This work in the (illegible) district is not confined to the construction of roads and school improvements.

There are many instances where very beautiful architecture and lasting work has been accomplished in such localities.  One of the outstanding pieces of construction of this type is an arrangement of native stone masonry consisting of walls and approaches in the Town of Grantsville, West Virginia.

Native stone of an unusually good quality and an appealing tint is available in this neighborhood, and this native material is used in the construction of retaining walls and entrances along the main streets of the county seat of Calhoun county.  All of this work was done with relief labor, under the supervision of WPA.

This work, part of the Grantsville street project, is attracting attention and favorable comment by thousands of passing motorists.  This job has brought a most appreciative response from the tax payers and stands as a monument to WPA in that vicinity.

The erection of these retaining walls, to prevent landslides caused by erosion and limestone formations, has made possible the construction of hard-surfaced streets and the general improvements of the sewer system in Grantsville.  Retaining walls were not only added for the beauty of the construction job, but as a protection to the work accomplished.

The sewer improvement was necessary for the development of community sanitation and the elimination of health hazards in that locality.

With all these improvements, together with the contemplated improvements along the valley of the Little Kanawha River, Grantsville makes its initial bow in welcoming tourists to visit and linger longer.