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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 Street Department Buildings - Equipment

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

Date:  1931-1944; undated

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

Photograph dated Mar. 22, 1944. Original caption read: "This view shows one of our sidewalk plowing and sanding units consisting of a rubber tired Allis-Chalmers IB tractor with Baker V-type 5 ft width plow and a trailer sand spreader designed and built in the Street Department repair shop."

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    Title:   Burlington Street Department Buildings - Equipment

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

    Date:  1931-1944; undated

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    Photograph dated Mar. 22, 1944. Original caption reads: "Burlington Street Department, Burlington, Vermont This view shows one of our sidewalk plowing and sanding units consisting of a rubber tired Allis-Chalmers IB Tractor with Baker V-Type 5 ft. width plow and a trailer sand spreader designed and built in the street Department repair shop. Note the extra metal weights placed on the rear wheel hubs to give added traction. The V-type plow has been found from experience to be more satisfactory than the reversible blade plows, especially after heavy drifting storms. The sand spreader holds approximately 1/2 cubic yard of sand. It has sloping false bottom lined with sheet metal which assists the flow of sand to the rotor which is placed just to the rear of the main axle. The surface of this rotor is covered with beads of steel which operates against a steel fibre brush to deliver a carpet of sand 30 inches in width over the surface of the icy sidewalks. The power for revolving the rotor is obtained from the small wheelbarrow rubber tired wheel which make a contact on the surface of one of the trailer wheels and is transmitted to the rotor by V-belt. The pressure of this third wheel against the surface of the trailer wheel can be increased or diminished or thrown out of contact entirely by changing the position of a small lever mounted on the side of the trailer which is easily accessible to the driver."

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      Title:   Burlington Street Department Buildings - Equipment

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

      Date:  1931-1944; undated

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      Photograph dated Jan. 7, 1941. Original caption reads: "Allis-Chalmers tractors and Baker "V" type snowplow units used for plowing sidewalks. These four snowplow units replaced the thirteen horse-drawn units that had always been used previously. No. 1 and No. 2 Tractors were purchased in November, 1939 and No. 3 and No. 4 Tractors were purchased in November, 1940. These units do the entire sidewalk plowing consisting of approximately 130 miles of sidewalks in the city of Burlington at very much less cost and much more efficiently than the old horse-drawn units. The trailer sleds shown in the picture were used for sanding sidewalks during the winter 1940-41."

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        Title:   Burlington Streets: Battery Street Park

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

        Date:  1938-1940; undated

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        ALLIS-CHALMERS, MODEL 1B TRACTOR WITH 16 HP ENGINE EQUIPPED WITH A BAKER "V" TYPE SIDEWALK SNOW PLOW NO. 281420-223V-107. This view shows the No.1 Tractor plow unit plowing snow in Battery Park. Notice the depth of the snowfall which is approximately eight inches. This equipment did not experience any difficulty in plowing this depth, although as you will note in the picture the snow had become frozen and difficult to plow with ordinary horse-drawn plows. This unit removed the snow from three routes formerly requiring the services of three horse-drawn units, the time required being approximately five to six hours depending upon the weather conditions, the gas consumption being approximately four to five gallons per trip. The total distance covered by the entire trip is approximately twenty miles. The specifications of this unit can be found on the back of the original photograph. 1938-1940

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          Title:   Burlington Streets: Hungerford Terrace

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

          Date:  1940; 1940

          Allis-Chalmers, Model IB Tractor with 16 HP Engine, Equipped with a Baker "V" Type Sidewalk Snow Plow. This view shows the Tractor Plow unit proceeding north on Hungerford Terrace after an 8 inch fall of snow combined with rain, which made the plowing very heavy and difficult for horse drawn equipment, but this unit did not experience any difficulties. Note: For a more detailed description see the original print.

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            Title:   Burlington Streets: Hungerford Terrace (4X5)

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

            Date:  1940; 1940

            March 5, 1940. Allis-Chalmers, Model IB Tractor with 16 HP Engine, Equipped with a Baker "V" Type Sidewalk Snow Plow. This view shows the Tractor Plow unit proceeding north on Hungerford Terrace near the intersection of College Street after an 8 inch fall of snow combined with rain, which made the plowing very heavy and difficult for horse drawn equipment, but this unit did not experience any difficulties. Note: For a more detailed description see the original print.

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              Title:   Burlington Streets: Intervale

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

              Date:  1939; undated; 1939; undated

              June 29, 1946. Burlington Street Department - Burlington, Vermont Intervale Road - Asphalt Stabilized base and Armor Coat Wearing Surface This view taken from the railroad crossing looking southerly toward Riverside Ave. shows the mixing process while constructing the stabilized base using asphalt emulsion (XRM) as a binder. The materials used for aggregate on this job was road gravel hauled from the Lunderville Pit in the town of Williston last October and spread approximately 28 feet in width over the entire section from Riverside Ave. to the railroad crossing, a distance of approximately 875 feet. Note the Allis-Chalmers Power Grader mixing the gravel after the asphalt emulsion had been applied by pressure distributor. The Armor Coat Wearing Surface was constructed directly after the stabilized base had been completed. This is a very economical type of paving, especially where a cheaper grade of materials can be used and the location does not demand a higher type of pavement. Note the high embankment in the right background where several thousand cubic yards of filling was loaded by the Street Department with its power shovel and hauled with trucks to widen both sides of Intervale Road on the section between the railroad crossing and Riverside Ave. as well as the grading around the new catch basins and the filling of the ramp on the river bank where the undertile drainage pipe leads to the river. All of this filling was donated free of charge by the owner of the property (Geo. C. Stanley and Sons) to the City as well as a considerable amount of concrete sand and gravel for the construction of concrete catch basins and headwalls in connection with the drainage system. This project, which was approved for construction by the Board of Street Commissioners in June 1945 was practically completed on July 3, 1946 for the first section. The original plans included the second section from the railroad crossing northerly to a point approximately 100 feet northerly by the so-called Pariseau residence. This section was prepared last fall as to the grading and gravel surface and as no underground drainage is necessary it can be completed with very little expense as the only materials necessary to purchase will be asphalt emulsion.

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                Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Lower)

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

                Date:  1940-03-18

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                Mar. 18, 1940 dated photo. Allis-Chalmers, Model IB Tractor with 16 HP Engine, Equipped with a Baker "V" Type Sidewalk Snow Plow No. 281420-223V-111. This view shows the Allis-Chalmers Tractor #1 mounted with reversible blade plow being used to clean the ice and snow from the pavement on Main Street, March 18, 1940, pushing the ice and snow into windrows for loading by Snow King Rotary Snow Plow. Directly behind are the First National Stores and Gove the Florist. Gove is at 184 Main Street.

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                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Upper)

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

                  Date:  undated

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  Southeasterly view of Edmunds High School (Burlington High School) at the corner of Main Street and So. Union Street. Street crews after a heavy snow fall seen with two dept. vehicles. A chain connects a tractor with spiked wheels to a truck behind it as they clear the sidewalks. Undated (may be circa 1925) Photo also seen in UVM's Historic Burlington Project web site.

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                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Upper)

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

                    Date:  undated

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    Winter view of Main Street after a heavy snow fall looking northeast and city street dept crew with tractor with spiked wheels pulling truck with attached snowplowing equipment. On the left is 278 Main Street, a Greek revival home. Elm trees line the road. Undated (1920s?)

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                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                      Date:  undated

                      This view of Staniford Road shows the Bower Grader wind rowing the pavement mixture toward the gutter to the crown leaving the surface to a uniform crown and grade. Work by Burlington Street Dept. Undated but may be 1942.

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                        Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                        Date:  undated

                        This view of Staniford Road shows the process of mixing the base after water has been applied under pressure from the asphalt distributer. The double disc harrow is here being hauled by an Allis-Chalmers Bulldozer Tractor. The business name of Holcomb Trucking Co. appears on the back of the tractor. Work done by the Burlington Street Dept. Undated but may be 1942.

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                          Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                          Date:  1942; 09-30

                          September 30, 1942. Photo No. 13. This view shows the operation of the power grader in the final shaping of the stabilized material after mixing had been thoroughly completed. Note the compaction under the weight of the rubber tires. In order to eliminate possible scaling or cleavage of materials where compaction takes place under the tires, the entire surface is scarified lightly with a spike-tooth harrow before final rolling.

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                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                            Date:  1942; 09-30

                            September 30, 1942. Photo No. 14. This view of Staniford Road construction shows the Sheep's foot roller being employed for compacting the moist pavement mixture after it has been thoroughly mixed. This type of roller compacts the pavement from the bottom up to the surface and prevents areas of insufficient compaction. The business name of Holcomb Trucking Co. seen on the back of the tractor. Work done the Burlington Street Dept.

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                              Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                              Date:  1942; 10-01

                              October 1, 1942. Photo No. 7. This view of Staniford Road shows the method of distributing the dry cement evenly over the entire surface after the bags have been broken open and dumped in piles as shown in No. 4. The header placed at the end of the first day's work can be seen in the foreground. The tractor power used for hauling the spike-tooth harrows is an Allis-Chalmers IB Tractor normally used for the plowing of snow on the sidewalks during the winter months. The preparation of the base for the following day's work can be seen in progress in the background of the picture. Work done by the Burlington Street Dept.

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                                Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                                Date:  1942; 10-01

                                October 1, 1942. Photo No. 8. This view of Staniford Road shows the process of dry mixing the cement with the soil to a depth of six inches (6") with the aid of the Killifer Cultivator hauled by a small Allis-Chalmers Caterpillar Tractor. This view is taken from the position as No. 5. Work done by the Burlington Street Dept.

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                                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                                  Date:  1942; 10-01

                                  October 1, 1942. Photo No. 16. This view of Staniford Road shows the surface rolling with the ten ton (10T) Power Roller with the Spike-Tooth Harrow breaking up any surface compaction that may have taken place by the passing over the surface with trucks and tractors before final blading was done with the power grader prior to rolling. Work done by the Burlington Street Dept.

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                                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Staniford Road

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

                                    Date:  1942; 10-02

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    October 2, 1942. Photo No. 20. This view of Staniford Road shows the method of mixing the Soil-Cement materials in place. The 22 inch Double Disc Harrow is being hauled by the heavy Allis-Chalmers Tractor while the Killifer Spring-Tooth Harrow is being hauled by the smaller Allis-Chalmers Tractor. The combination of these two harrows does a very satisfactory job in getting the aggregate thoroughly mixed. Work done by the Burlington Street Dept.

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                                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

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

                                      Date:  undated

                                      Undated winter scene of South Winooski Ave. A man stands on a snowplow that is being pulled by a Holt tractor after a heavy snow fall. Behind them are signs indicating local businesses. A. C. Hathorne Co. is a contract roofer at No. 135. Next door is an auto business. To the far left behind a telephone pole is a sign for Arnold, a dressmaker.

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                                        Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

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

                                        Date:  undated

                                        Undated photo of two men with snowplow on skids attached to a Holt tractor so the plow could be pulled. Location is So. Winooski Ave. at the intersection of Main Street. Directly behind is the the Strong building with Strong Hardware Co. at 205-207 Main and a sign also advertising Burlington Motor Sales occupying the first floor.

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                                          Title:   Fort Ethan Allen Artillery Range (Underhill)

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

                                          Date:  undated

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          Column of tractor drawn artillery and other ordnance on road with utility poles.

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                                            Title:   Parks (4X5)

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

                                            Date:  1938-11-14

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            November 14, 1938. A workman grates the earth with a tractor. Houses line the area. Other workmen seen in the distance.

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                                              Title:   Road Construction

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

                                              Date:  undated

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              Undated photograph of a street grading project in preparation for paving Blodgett Street in Burlington's old North End.

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                                                Title:   Road Construction

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

                                                Date:  undated

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                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                Undated photograph of a street grading project in preparation for paving an unidentified Burlington Street (possibly Blodgett Street).

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                                                  Title:   Ticonderoga - Move to Shelburne Museum

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

                                                  Date:  1955-01-19

                                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  January 19, 1955. Some of the men and equipment on site needed to prepare the terrain for the transport of the steamship Ticonderoga to the Shelburne Museum. The engineering firm of Merritt-Chapman & Scott were contracted to undertake the move. They subcontracted with W. B. Hill Co. of Tilton, New Hampshire to oversee the ship's overland trip. Photo 104.

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