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New Deal WPA Works in Cambridge City, Indiana

Cambridge City, Indiana Post Office New Deal WPA Art
Cambridge City, Indiana Post Office New Deal WPA Art
There’s a gorgeous mural in Cambridge City, Indiana. It’s not in an art gallery or hanging in an Indiana town museum.

This one is found at the Cambridge City Post Office!

“Pride of Cambridge City” Mural

Those in the know may realize that the horse featured in this mural is none other than Single G, once a very famous racehorse!

Single G held the world’s record for pacing horses.

So, how exactly did this lovely mural end up inside of a post office? Simple. It was all because of the WPA, the Works Progress Administration, that provided jobless folks with a hand up.

Cambridge City WPA Mural

Artists competed for the chance to paint. In an open competition, well, as the saying goes, “may the best (wo)man win!” In this case, it was Samuel Hershey.

Completed November 27, 1941, the finished product measured 9 foot 6 inches by 4’6″ and cost $750.

After a Post Office was built, they could allocate funds for a mural–over one thousand post offices around the country joined in. Isn’t it lucky that this Wayne County post office had the funding!

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Cambridge City, Indiana Post Office New Deal WPA Art
Cambridge City, Indiana Post Office New Deal WPA Art
The next time you find yourself in a small Indiana town post office: look up. You may be surprised to see an amazing 1940’s work of art!

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Cambridge City Post Office
227 W Main Street
Cambridge City, Indiana 47327

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