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The Works Progress Administration benefitted the community of Wishek in the form of a city park, a swimming pool, and a civic center. The civic center began construction in 1938 and was completed in 1942. It was constructed for $140,000 and had a labor force of 60 men working eight to ten hour days. Gilbert Horton was the architect behind the design and prairie boulders were gathered as the primary construction material. The rocks were hand-chiseled down to the size needed and then put in place and held with concrete.
The civic center allowed Wishek residents to enjoy theater, ball games, festivals, and dances. The center also served as the city's administrative offices for several years.
I. "History of the Wishek Civic Center." Wishek-North Dakota. 2017. http://www.wishek-nd.com/history-of-wishek-civic-center/
This point of interest is part of the tour: German Russian Country Driving Tour