: Dated ca. 1935-1940, this photograph shows cars driving along the Miami and Erie Canal south of Dayton, Ohio. In addition to the highway and canal, train tracks are located on either side of these, showing the multiple modes of transportation available at one point in time. The Miami and Erie Canal connected the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lake Erie in Toledo, Ohio, and was completed in 1845.
This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B02F06_009 Subjects
: Automobiles; Roads; Canals--Ohio; Transportation--Ohio; Miami and Erie Canal (Ohio) Places
: Dayton (Ohio); Montgomery County (Ohio)