Monkey Island Construction, ca. 1935


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Monkey Island Construction, ca. 1935

In 1934, the Cuyahoga County Relief Agency approved over $55,000 for the construction of Monkey Island at Brookside Zoo. Ten thousand dollars of these funds was to be paid by the city. The exhibit was the first major work relief project at the zoo. Using material from old Superior Viaduct and remains of the demolished downtown Ajax Building, initial plans for construction provided work to 240 skilled and semi-skilled laborers, and 124 unskilled workers.


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