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Photographs of Vergennes (Vt.)

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This collection contains 788 images comprising 122 years of history in Vergennes, Vermont’s oldest city. Featuring a wide range of topics, which date from the 1866 Civil War parade to the 1988 Bicentennial, the collection provides a comprehensive and unusual look at small town life in northern Vermont. These photographs document the full visual spectrum of history in Vergennes, from businesses, industries, and transportation to natural scenery, paintings, and portraits of people who once walked the city’s streets.

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Published:  May 06, 2011,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

Rights:  No part of the material may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, broadcasting or by any other information storage and retrieval system. Direct all inquiries and requests to the Bixby Memorial Free Library, Vergennes, Vt. 802-877-2211.


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Title:   Ancient cut of Vergennes Falls

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    Title:   Barge below falls Nails shipped to N.Y. returned with ore

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    National Horse Nail Co.

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      Title:   Below the Falls

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      The Wharf Vergennes Vt.

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        Title:   Boat on water

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        Shed at Vergennes falls basin.

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          Title:   Boats at Vergennes dock

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            Title:   Boats in harbor Horse Nail Factory

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            Basin below Vergennes falls, Horse Nail Factory in background.

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              Title:   Little Nellie Louis Daniels Steamer

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              Daniels steamboat

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                Title:   Maquam

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                  Title:   Otter Creek

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                    Title:   Otter Creek Falls

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                      Title:   Ramona Bixby boat

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                        Title:   Reindeer

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                        The Str. Reindeer, built at St. Albans in 1882 (181' x 27' x 9'), was the largest to navigate Otter Creek. This picture shows her at Vergennes in her trimmer and more youthful days, before the life of an Excursion boat made her sag in the middle. In the gay Nineties, it was a common sigh to see her staggering up and down the lake, her decks weighed down with crowds who often flocked to one side or the other giving her a careening look, her guards on one side almost at the water's edge and the paddlewheel on the opposite side fanning the air. She would then stop until the crew could restore equilibrium among passengers and boat. She sank at her dock in Burlington in 1902 from causes not known.

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                          Title:   Steamer

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                            Title:   Tied up at Shade Roller Factory

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                              Title:   Vergennes Falls 1850

                              Date:  1850

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                              Vergennes was incorporated a city in 1788. There was a sawmill at The Falls as early as 1765. In 1766, Donald MacIntosh, a soldier under Wolfe at Quebec, erected a cabin below the Falls and high up on the North bank. He became the first permanent settler, dying in Vergennes in 1803. The Falls, with a drop of about 35 feet has furnished power to many industries since the first sawmill of 1765 and those shown in the engraving of 1850 gave some idea of the business around them at the that time. The picture does not include all the mills as there were many on the North bank which are not shown. The name "Robinson Del" in the lower right hand corner of the engraving may refer to Rowland T. Robinson as he was a capable artist in addition to being a famous Vermont writer.

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                                Title:   Victor

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                                The Wharf, Vergennes, Vt.

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                                  Title:   Victor

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                                    Title:   Victor - Daniels

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                                    The Victor, Vergennes, Vt. Daniels steamboat.

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                                      Title:   Victor-steamer

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                                      Daniels steamboat

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                                        Title:   Water Lily 1867

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                                        The Str. Water Lily, Capt. Louis Daniels, Master, on her way up Otter Creek. The Water Lily, a small steamer built about 1867, plied between Vergennes and Port Henry, later between Vergennes and Westpot. She left Vergennes in the morning around 8 A.M., making intermediate stops and landing at Westport around 10 A.M. in time to connect with the Str. Vermont going South. She left Westport after the return of the "Vermont" from Ticonderoga, with passengers for Vergennes.

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