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Photographs of Vergennes (Vt.)

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Collection Overview

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:   Naptha Launch

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Interior of steamboat

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    Title:   Naptha Launch

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    Interior of boat owned by William G. Bixby.

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      Title:   Otter Creek Falls

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        Title:   R.W. Sherman

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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:   Reindeer

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                  Title:   Steamer

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                    Title:   Steamer Nellie

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                      Title:   Steamer on Lake Champlain

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                        Title:   Vermont

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                                    Title:   Vermont

                                    Date:  1893

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                                    The old two-stacker "Vermont" going North on an afternoon in 1893. This beautiful shot was made by Harvey Ingham, an artist and an excellent photographer of Vergennes. It is taken looking West off Diamond Island, the "Vermont" skirting the base of Split Rock Mountain heading for Essex, her next stop. Leaving Westport about 3pm, she would reach this spot about 3:30.

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                                      Title:   Victor

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                                      The Wharf, Vergennes, Vt.

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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

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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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                                                  Title:   Water Lily Capt. Lewis Daniels

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