MSNBC: Hard times spark interest in New Deal sites

Arthurdale was mentioned in this AP article posted on MSNBC.com.

Hard times spark interest in New Deal sites

Historic preservationists, officials are hoping for increased tourism

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The election of an ambitious new president in hard times is evoking comparisons with President Franklin Roosevelt, and the 75th anniversary of FDR’s New Deal is sparking renewed interest in how Americans survived the Great Depression.

Now historic preservationists and tourism officials are hoping for increased tourism in places associated with the New Deal, like the town of Arthurdale, W.Va., which was built in the 1930s as a planned community for the rural poor.

“Arthurdale looks pretty much the way it did then,” said Martha Ballman of the West Virginia Preservation Alliance. “It’s just so intact.”

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