Oklahoma State Route 325 – Cimarron County

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Address:   County: Cimarron
Started:   Completed:  1941

Current Usage:

Description:

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) project undertook grading and culvert construction efforts in Cimarron County along Oklahoma State Route 325, between Kenton and Boise City. Work occurred from 1939 to 1941. As of 2018 approximately two dozen structures along this stretch of road bear a shield-shaped WPA imprint stamp, including two bridges and more than 20 culverts.

The structures that have been positively identified as having New Deal significance (i.e., a WPA stamp) are posted here. They are designated as in the Oklahoma Depression-era Bridges and Road-Related Resources document cited below. From Boise City toward Kenton, the coordinates of these structures are:

[1939 WPA stamp:]

  • Bridge ‘1320 2070 X’: 36.751637, -102.805010
  • Bridge ‘1320 1938 X’: 36.772092, -102.805054
  • Culvert ‘J’: 36.811445, -102.805112
  • Culvert ‘M’: 36.840716, -102.805135*
  • Culvert ‘N’: 36.843172, -102.805140
  • Culvert ‘O’: 36.857374, -102.804224

* WPA stamp inferred as the structure has been damaged.

[1940 WPA stamp:]

  • Culvert ‘P’: 36.865510, -102.804183
  • Culvert ‘Q’: 36.869131, -102.804163
  • Culvert ‘R’: 36.879157, -102.810810
  • Culvert ‘T’: 36.881404, -102.815411
  • Culvert ‘U’: 36.882123, -102.816887
  • Culvert ‘V’: 36.885602, -102.819662
  • Culvert ‘W’: 36.888470, -102.820855
  • Culvert ‘X’: 36.890228, -102.821587
  • Culvert ‘CC’: 36.899843, -102.833227
  • Culvert ‘DD’: 36.899758, -102.840127
  • Culvert ‘EE’: 36.899483, -102.843595
  • Culvert ‘FF’: 36.899875, -102.848034
  • Culvert ‘II’: 36.899066, -102.864629
  • Culvert ‘JJ’: 36.898021, -102.877546

[1941 WPA stamp:]

  • Culvert ‘MM’: 36.897891, -102.895193
  • Culvert ‘OO’: 36.897355, -102.905952
  • Culvert ‘PP’: 36.897405, -102.913966
  • Culvert ‘QQ’: 36.897255, -102.917257

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination
  2. The Living New Deal
  3. Personal visit by Evan Kalish, Jan. 2018

    WPA imprint stamps

    Oklahoma Depression-era Bridges and Road-Related Resources, 1933-1945
    Concentration of Bridges/Bridge-Class Culverts Inventory Form:
    http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/planning-info/CPR/Uploads/90.pdf (accessed Mar. 2018)

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