WPA School Escondida, NM

by Bridget Harrington - Michael Moore August. 20, 2018 495 views

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression to provide jobs for people in need. Architects and artisans benefitted from this program and built many fine buildings throughout the state from 1935 - 1943.

Public buildings, such as schools, courthouses and city halls were built as well as public parks, plazas and gardens.

This is an abandoned school, likely a WPA project, in Escondida. Escondida is near Magdalenda, south of Albuquerque and parallel to I-25. Present population of the area is 47. This area is now considered part of the Socorro Consolidated District, which educates students in Escondida, as well as some of the equally small towns nearby.

There had been scattered thunderstorms all day on the day that these were taken. The clouds and variable lighting added to the eerie feel and sense of abandonment. This area, still a farming community, once had enough children to justify a school of this size. It's a sobering reminder of just how much our world has changed in less than 100 years.

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Celeste Zimmerman 2 years, 3 months ago

The decay that has been allowed to occur, breaks my heart. Ugh.

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Bridget Harrington - Michael Moore Replied to Celeste Zimmerman 2 years, 3 months ago

There just are not enough people in the area anymore to support a school of that size. You can look at a lot of "causes" of that -- industrialization vs farms, the building of the freeways and even people having fewer children. Back when this was built, the average family had 4-6 children. Now, people rarely have more than 2.

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