Civil Works Administration (CWA)

Title Sheet - Veterans Lake Dam, Veterans Lake Access Road, Sulphur, Murray County, OK. Veterans Lake Dam was built between 1934 and 1939 using funds from the Civil Works Administration and the Works Progress Administration.

Even with the establishment of the Federal Emergency Relief Act (FERA), there were still more problems that needed solutions, and quickly! High unemployment remained and there continued to be worries about the public’s welfare. The Civil Works Administration (CWA) was started as a subdivision of FERA with the goal of providing a short-term solution to get people back to work. The projects under CWA were more short term and aimed at unskilled laborers. A large amount of men and women were put to work in the winter of 1933 and 1934 as a result of this initiative. For example, roads were improved, bridges were constructed, airports were upgraded, and pipelines were repaired.   

“Civil Works Administration Photographs,” University of Washington Digital Collections.