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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

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Louis L. McAllister photographed people and places near Burlington, Vermont for 60 years. He was born in Columbus, Nebraska on October 16, 1876, the son of Julius S. McAllister (born 1841 in Lincoln, VT) and Rosette Gould (born in Vermont in 1851). Julius McAllister worked as a photographer and dentist in Washington D.C., Bristol, Vermont and Columbus, Nebraska. Around 1895, Julius, his third wife Amy, and their children left Nebraska for the Union Soldiers’ Colony in Fitzgerald, Georgia. By 1900, Julius and Amy were divorced, and Amy and her stepson Louis were working as photographers in Thomasville, Georgia.

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Louis L. McAllister Photographs

Published:  November 19, 2007,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Burlington Streets: Lakeside Ave

Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

Date:  1945; 12-11; 1945; 12-11

December 11, 1945. City of Burlington, Vermont, Street Department Lakeside Ave. Pavement Base Construction This view was taken from a point near the intersection of Central Ave. looking easterly toward the underpass. Note that the temporary wearing surface had been constructed for the base after the work of mixing and stabilizing the base had been completed as shown in the picture under date of Dec. 5, 1945. This stage of construction was done to enable the street to be used during the winter and early spring without experiencing the troubles of early spring break-up of the old dirt and cinder street. The pavement will be completed in the summer of 1946. Note the crushed stone base placed in the driveway after regrading to meet new grades. To the left in background is the Blodgett Co.

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    Title:   Burlington Streets: Lakeside Ave

    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

    Date:  1945; 12-05; 1945; 12-05

    December 5, 1945. City of Burlington, Vermont, Street Department Lakeside Ave. Pavement Base Construction This view was taken from a point near the intersection of Central Ave. looking easterly toward the underpass. The new factory building just completed for the Blodgett Co. is shown with parking area base recently constructed between the street line and the building. Note the asphalt emulsion stabilized base which was mixed the previous day before taking this picture. Cold weather and frost conditions had frozen the base mixture on the left half of the street but the job was continued on the north half in spite of the low temperatures as the street had to be put in condition to receive traffic for the winter, this street being on a regular bus line. The job was continued by placing a 2 inch layer of crushed stone on this stabilized base and penetrating the same with asphalt emulsion and covering with concrete sand as a "blotter" for the winter and then opened to traffic. This project will be continued to completion in the spring by constructing an integral concrete curb and gutter on the south side of a 2 inch hot plant mix wearing surface over the entire pavement area. Note the asphalt distributor applying emulsion and the tractor and harrow mixing the base.

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      Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

      Date:  1944-02-17

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      Feb. 17, 1944 dated photo. Burlington Street Department, Snow Removal Methods and Equipment. This view of Main Street looking westerly from the intersection of South Winooski Ave. showing the effect of the clear Rock Salt applied to the pavement the previous day with the equipment shown in view No. 1. Note the great amount of snow piled along the gutters and the entire absence of snow in the traveled portion of the street, thus eliminating the necessity of applying sand for traction purposes. Although the pavement is wet with the salt brine formed from the melting snow it does not create a slippery condition because the tires seem to grip the pavement as the frost is removed from the surface. On the left is the Court House and the mansard roofed building that once was a place of worship for the First Baptist Church. Businesses and retail stores on the right including offers for personal loans, and the Federal Savings Bank. Cars parked on both sides of the street.

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        Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

        Date:  1943-05-05

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        May 5, 1943. Rail Removal Project, Burlington, Vermont. This view shows Main St. between Church St. and St. Paul St. after the rails had been removed and the trenches filled with concrete. From left to right is marque for Flynn Theatre advertising My Friend Flicka film starring Roddy McDowell, Preston Foster, center photo is the Park Cafe, Hotel Vermont seen on the corner and Van Ness House background right.

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          Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

          Date:  1943-05-05

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          May, 5, 1943. Rail Removal Project. Burlington, Vermont by the city street dept. This view shows the construction of the "A" Frame and the method of attaching the frame to the end of the 26 foot boom of the Universal Truck Crane. The chain falls attached to the end of the frame and the boom were used for raising the frame when moving or when rough or uneven surface would not allow the frame to slide over the pavement without digging into the surface. Behind to the left is 174 Main, location of the Burlington Mutual Fire Insurance Company and on the right is 184 Main location of Gove, the Florist.

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            Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

            Date:  1943-05-05

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            May 5, 1943. Rail Removal Project. Burlington, Vermont by the city street dept. This view, looking east up the hill, shows Rail Removal Project at intersection of Main Street and So. Winooski Ave. where a hot-mix asphalt pavement had been constructed over the top of the rails to a depth of 2 to 3 inches. On the right are businesses that include (extreme right) Kent-Thomas Co advertising Armstrong tires at 211-213 Main, further up is 229 Main location of Nourse's restaurant. Across the street at 220 Main is the Chittenden County Jail, J. Frederick Lynch, county sheriff.

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              Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

              Date:  1929-09-01

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              Sept. 1, 1929. View of Main Street looking east up the hill from intersection of Church Street. Note the old trolley car tracks and overhead wires, also uneven and worn condition of the old brick pavement. This picture was taken just before constructing the new asphalt pavement by the city street dept., using the old brick pavement as a base. Parked cars and businesses line both sides of the street. On the right is the Strong Theatre with a sign along one side of the building advertising "Vermont home of Chilton Paint Co." In the distant center of photo a car cruises through the intersection of Main and South Winooski Ave.

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                Title:   Burlington Streets: North Street

                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                Date:  1940-03-13; 1940-03-13

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                March 13, 1940. Intersection of North Street and North Winooski Avenue. This view shows the style of new street signs just erected on North Street from North Winooski Avenue to North Avenue. These signs were designed, constructed and erected by Street Department employees during the winter months. The name plates were purchased from the Lyle Signs Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There were seventeen of these signs constructed and erected on this street. Retail stores can be seen and include a barber shop, Kirby's Radio Shop (250 North St.) and Brockton Shoe Store (248 North St).

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                  Title:   Burlington Streets: North Street

                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                  Date:  1940-03-13

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  March 13, 1940. Intersection of North Street and North Winooski Avenue. This view shows the style of new street signs just erected on North Street from North Winooski Avenue to North Avenue. These signs were designed, constructed and erected by Street Department employees during the winter months. The name plates were purchased from the Lyle Signs Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There were seventeen of these signs constructed and erected on this street. The street lamp posts have spites projecting out from them to aid workmen climbing up. Retail stores and businesses include the The Silver Star Restaurant at 202 North. Grand Union in-between the Silver Star and Mazel's that is at 194 North. Dentist office above the Silver Star.

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                    Title:   Burlington Streets: North Street

                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                    Date:  1930-09-04

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    September 4, 1930. View looking east of the North Street construction job completed at noon. Workmen lay asphalt being dumped from one of the vehicles belonging to Claude L. Holcomb Trucking. A Shell gas station fuel pump is to the right.

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                      Title:   Burlington Streets: North Street

                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                      Date:  1930-09-04

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      September 4, 1930. The city of Burlington Street Dept workmen are laying quick drying Incor Cement in front of Shell filling station (not visible in photo but is to the left) at the corner of North St and North Ave. To the left is Saiger's Department Store at 87-95 North Ave, Alex Colodny, proprietor. To the right is 2 North Street owned by Joseph Arnold. More on this photo can be found at UVM's Historic Burlington Project Burlington, Vermont Old North End 1930s and 1940s.

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                        Title:   Burlington Streets: North Street

                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                        Date:  1930-08-25

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        August 25, 1930. Intersection of North St and Champlain St open to traffic 3PM. A Burlington Rapid Transit Company bus on its North End Loop route seen in the center. Eugene Gosselin Drug Store at 146 No. Champlain St. is on the right. Road has been resurfaced by the city street dept.

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                          Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

                          Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                          Date:  undated

                          Undated photo (1929 or early 1930s?) of Riverside Ave showing road construction project by the city street dept crew. Billboards are seen in the background including one advertising Lucky Strike cigarettes. Filling station seen to the left may be Fairview Garage of 110 Riverside Ave.

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                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

                            Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                            Date:  undated

                            Undated photo (1929 or early 1930s?) of road construction project along Riverside Ave. The Riverside Service Station selling Socony gasoline is to the extreme right at 152 Riverside Ave. Workmen spread out across the road resurfacing the street. A team of two horses can also be seen assisting with the work.

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                              Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

                              Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                              Date:  undated

                              Undated photo (1929 or early 1930s?) of timber barrier constructed along embankment of Riverside Ave. Billboards are seen across the road. One advertises a new two-door sedan at a new lower price. To the right is the Fairview Garage filling station at 110 Riverside Ave.

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                                Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

                                Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                Date:  undated

                                Undated photo (1929 or early 1930s?) of soil embankment along Riverside Ave showing portion of a timber barrier constructed by the city street dept. The Fairview Garage is in the background to the right at 110 Riverside Ave.

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                                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

                                  Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                  Date:  1931

                                  Undated photo but may be 1929 or early 1930s view of an embankment along Riverside Ave. A timber structure runs along the lower edge of the embankment. In the background to the right is the Riverside Service Station at No. 152.

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                                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Riverside Ave.

                                    Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                    Date:  undated

                                    Undated photo but may be 1929 or early 1930s view of a portion of Riverside Ave during road construction project by the Burlington Street Dept. Eight men line up across the road spreading surface material. To the right filling gas pumps of the Fairview Garage at 110 Riverside Ave can be seen.

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                                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Willard Street

                                      Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                      Date:  1929; 10-29

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      October 29, 1940. This view shows the improvements at the intersection of Ledge Road and South Willard Street at the entrance to the Shell Gas Station where the new concrete radius sidewalk was installed connecting the northerly side of Ledge Road with the easterly side of South Willard Street. The old concrete ramp was resurfaced with plant mix asphalt as shown in the foreground. The concrete mixer and other equipment can be seen in the background. The small concrete island and sign post back of the $1.00 sign was also removed and the area surfaced with asphalt a few days later. This improvement provides a sidewalk for the school children in this are in going to and from the Adams School and Parochial School without crossing the entire width of this dangerous intersection, a cross walk being provided opposite All Saints' Chapel crossing Willard Street to the Texas Filling Station sidewalk shown in the background.

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                                        Title:   Sewer Projects

                                        Creator:  McAllister, L. L. (Louis L.), 1877-1963

                                        Date:  1939-05-08

                                        Resource type:   photographs

                                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                        May 8, 1939. Sewer construction project underway with the use of a crane in front of the Pine Glen Tavern restaurant at 1310 North Avenue, Burlington (near where Gosse Court is currently). Walter E. Gosse, proprietor.

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