Main entrance to the Russellville High School football stadium, built in 1939 by the WPA. Logan County. October 26, 2005. 5:42 p.m. EDT.
*2005 index page
built in 1938-39 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), is a point of
pride for Russellville High School, and for the entire town. With seating
for more than 2,500, Rhea Stadium was huge for its time, especially for a
small-town high school. The bleacher section is poured concrete, and
a high stone wall borders the stadium more than 100 yards along the front
and then all the way down one side. The centerpiece of the structure
is the main entrance, in the above photo. It's also poured concrete;
and as was common with many WPA-built structures (at least in Kentucky),
it was formed in art deco style.
Rhea Stadium was named for Thomas S. Rhea, a prominent Russellville Democratic politician of the time.
George Goodman (1876-1961), who was director of the WPA in Kentucky, photographed several views of the stadium soon after it was built. These photos are available on the Kentuckiana Digital Library website.
*Full view of the entrance, same view as the above photo.
*Sculptures on the left side of the entrance.
*Sculptures on the right side of the entrance.
*View from the other side, showing the press box and the bleachers.
|Posted November 6, 2005.|