Governor Gifford Pinchot on a road grader, circa 1932.
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Governor Pinchot on road grader

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

In one of his first acts after becoming governor in 1931, Gifford Pinchot proposed that the state take control of more than 20,000 miles of township roads that it would transform into a planned and orderly system. Pinchot's road improvement program became Pennsylvania's first state-funded work relief program and provided jobs for thousands of unemployed workers.

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