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

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Title:   Burlington Dump

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

Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

May 23, 1942. This view is taken approximately at the top of the slope on the southerly shoulder of the proposed roadway leading to the proposed City Dump site on the Intervale. The house shown in this picture is the residence commonly known as the Pomeroy Cottage. The railroad tracks in the background of the picture are the Central Vermont tracks leading to the tunnel. The power line poles at the right in the picture are on the approximate right hand shoulder of the roadway leading down the grade.

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    Title:   Burlington Dump

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

    Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    March 18, 1944. This view shows the inside of the Salvage Depot during the process of baling salvage paper and cardboard. The Street Department erected this building with its own employees and with material salvaged from various and sundry jobs. The Street Department purchased this baler and scales for the baling and weighing of salvage materials. The bale of pasteboard and cartons shown on the scales weight approximately 100 lbs. The salvage process will continue at this plant as a regular function of the operation of the Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds of the Street Department after the War is over and for helping to pay the operating costs of the grounds.

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      Title:   Burlington Dump

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

      Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      August 3, 1944. This view taken from the hill opposite the railroad tracks shows the entrance gate and road leading down the slope also the newly grassed slope on the North Bend St. side of the road as well as the new grass slope between the road and the railroad track. Only a small amount of the raw slope remains to be completed and grassed over near the Pomeroy Cottage as shown on the right side of this picture.

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        Title:   Burlington Dump

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

        Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        This view taken from a point near the Ski Jump on North Ave. shows the entrance gate and the completed road leading to Cat's Island, including the grassed slopes, picket fence, Refuse Disposal ground regulations, etc… Note the contrast between this picture and 2-A which was taken just before the road construction work began.

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          Title:   Burlington Dump

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

          Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          August 3, 1944. This view shows the completed road way in the foreground with the Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds regulations attached to the side of the house, also the Salvage Depot building with a lean-to garage and tool shack at some distance from the Depot building. Note the pile of Salvage metal in the background to the left, also the smoke where burning of unsalvageable materials takes place a the far end of the grounds.

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            Title:   Burlington Dump

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

            Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            August 3, 1944. This view shows a panoramic of the entire development of the Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds. Note the long easy grade of the road leading down from North Bend Street, also the salvage depot and other buildings and the smoke rising from the end of the Cat's Island area where all unsalvageable materials are burned. Note the Central Vermont Railroad tracks paralleling the road.

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              Title:   Burlington Dump

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

              Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              This view shows the embankment between the Central Vermont Railroad and North Bend Street through which the road will be constructed leading from the intersection of North Bend St. and St. Louis St. to Cat's Island a distance of approximately 1500 lineal feet. The road here will be constructed on 7-3/4 percent grade. The difference in elevation between the level of the curbs on North Bend St. at the intersection of St. Louis St. and the iron pipe on Cat's Island at the proposed City Dump is approximately 83 feet and the difference in elevation between this iron pipe and the level of the Intervale at the bottom of the dump is approximately 41 ft. Note :-The Bulldozer just starting the work of shaping the shoulders and fitting the ravine in the foreground preparatory to lining out the location of the center line of the road.

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                Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                August 3, 1944. This view taken from a point on North Ave. over the tunnel shows the panoramic of the entire Cat's Island Area including the dumping area, the Salvage Depot and tool shack and the road leading up the grade to the intersection of North Bend and St. Louis Streets. Note the Central Vermont Railroad tracks to the left and the power line leading to the substation of the City Electric Light Plant.

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                  Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                  Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  May 23, 1942. This view is taken from the foot of the grade near the entrance to Cat's Island where the roadway changes from a cut to a fill or embankment leading across a small ravine on the Cat's Island.

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                    Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                    Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    May 23, 1942. This view is taken from the foot of the grade near the entrance to Cat's Island where the roadway changes from a cut to a fill or embankment leading across a small ravine to Cat's Island.

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                      Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                      Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      January 20, 1944. This building was erected by regular Street Department employees using Salvage material saved from the fire of the old Davis Machine Shop, also from salvage corrugated sheet metal from Fort Ethan Allen. The remainder of the building was constructed of lumber obtained by cutting pine trees in the Airport woods and hauling them to the saw mill at Essex Jct. and Winooski where they were cut into timber and boarding. The only new material purchased for this building was the corrugated sheet metal used for facing the south side of the building which was not completed at the time this picture was taken. The main building is 90 feet in length and 28 feet in width with a clearance of approximately 14 feet to the eaves, the doorways being approximately 10 ft. X 18 ft. Between each doorway is a 12 ft. X 28 ft. bin with sloping sidewalls where all salvage is classified and stacked and then disposed of to junk dealers. All materials having any salvage value are saved, sorted and disposed of through the facilities of this building. The two small lean-to sheds at the easterly end of the building were originally used for WPA (Work Projects Administration) construction crews, one of these sheds will be used as a garage for the Allis-Chalmers tractor which will be used with a reversible bulldozer blade sidewalk snow plow to push the refuse through the back doorways and over the bank after the salvage material has all been sorted out. When the building is completed it will be painted with camouflage asphaltum paint which has been donated for the purpose.

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                        Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                        Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        January 20, 1944. This view shows the Salvage Depot from the easterly end looking down into the Intervale. Note the abrupt drop from the level of the houses at the top of the bank to the level of the Intervale, a vertical drop of approximately 45 feet above the level of the Intervale. All Materials brought to the Refuse Disposal Grounds are inspected by one of the caretakers before it is dumped and the caretaker designates where the load will be dumped, depending upon the class of material contained in the load. All materials unfit for salvage are carried to the remote end of Cat's Island, shown in the background of this picture, where it is dumped and burned if any combustable materials are present. No fires are allowed within three to five hundred feet of the building. Sign leans against one end of the building stating disposal grounds regulations.

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                          Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                          Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          August 3, 1944. This view taken from the same position on the sand hill across from the railroad track from which the preceding view was taken shows the remaining section of the road leading from the slope on the old railroad fill known as Cat's Island. This road has all been recently improved by constructing mixed-in-place stabilized base using was crank-case oil and constructing an armor coat wearing surface with peastone and chips penetrated with HRM asphaltic emulsion. Note the Salvage Depot building where all salvageable materials are handled and processed, also the small hose house for fire protection equipment and the smoke rising from the far end of the "Island" where all unsalvageable wastes are burned daily.

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                            Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                            Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            August 3, 1944. This view shows the completed building at the Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds consisting of the main Salvage Depot shown in the center which is approximately 100 feet in length by 30 feet in width with small garage attached at one end also tool shack at left which is used for warming house in winter, and hose house shown at right in the distance. All buildings are covered with sheet metal, roofs and siding, for fire protection. The hose house is built over a concrete underground manhole which houses the water meter and provides a 2 inch water main with approximately 300 feet of fire hose for emergency use. All buildings have been painted with a camouflage gray paint, asphaltum base, and were constructed almost entirely with salvaged materials and by Street Department employees. This picture also shows the newly constructed mixed-in-place roadway in front of the buildings.

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                              Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                              Date:  1942; 1944; 1942; 1944

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              May 23, 1942. This view shows the embankment between the Central Vermont Railroad and North Bend Street through which the road will be constructed leading from the intersection of North Bend St. and St. Louis St. to Cat's Island a distance of approximately 1500 lineal feet. The road here will be constructed on a 7-3/4 percent grade. The difference in elevation between the level of the curbs on North Bend St. at the intersection of St. Louis St and the iron pipe on Cat's Island at the proposed City Dump is approximately 83 feet and the difference in elevation between this iron pipe and the level of the Intervale at the bottom of the dump is approximately 41 ft. Note :-The building in the center of the picture at the top of the bank is known as the Pomeroy Cottage.

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                                Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                Date:  1942; 1944

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                This view shows the entrance to the Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds after the erection of the picket fence, gate and sign denoting the rules and regulations. The stabilized base using crushed stone to mix with the sand and cinders was just being started as this picture was taken Aug. 3, 1944.

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                                  Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                  Date:  1942; 1944

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  August 3, 1944. This view shows the entrance to the Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds after the work of erecting the gate, building the picket fence and constructing a stabilized base for the pavement area. Note the contrast with picture 1-A taken just as construction work was being started.

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                                    Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                    Date:  1942; 1944

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    August 3, 1944. This view shows the dumping area with truck dumping waste at right and accumulation of metal and other salvage at the left. Note the difference in elevation of the dumping area which is approximately 40 feet above the Intervale area and approximately 80 feet below the level of the Street on North Bend indicated by the houses at the top of the bank. This makes an ideal location for a Refuse Disposal Grounds.

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                                      Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                      Date:  1942; 1944

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      August 3, 1944. This view shows the completed road including the entrance gate and nearly completed slopes leading from intersection of North Bend St. and St. Louis St. to Cat's Island. Note the comparison with picture 1-A taken just as work was being started on this project. The remainder of the slope will be completed this summer by surfacing with top soil and sowing grass seed similar to remainder of job as shown.

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                                        Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                        Date:  1942; 1944

                                        Resource type:   photographs

                                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                        March 8, 1944. This view shows a section of the Salvage Depot as a load of baled salvage paper was being loaded and hauled to the car by the Burlington Paper Stock Co. to whom all salvage paper is being sold. This load contained 45 bales having a total weight of approximately 2 1/2 tons.

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                                          Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                          Date:  1944-01-20

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          January 20, 1944. Municipal Refuse Disposal Grounds regulations attached to the side of the building, also the Salvage Depot building with a lean-to garage and tool shack at some distance from the Depot building. See also mcalA02F05i05 photo dated August 1944 Burlington Dump

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                                            Title:   Burlington Dump

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

                                            Date:  1944-01-20

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            January 20, 1944 This building was erected by regular Street Department employees using Salvage material saved from the fire of the old Davis Machine Shop, also from salvage corrugated sheet metal from Fort Ethan Allen. The remainder of the building was constructed of lumber obtained by cutting pine trees in the Airport woods and hauling them to the saw mill at Essex Jct. and Winooski where they were cut into timber and boarding. The only new material purchased for this building was the corrugated sheet metal used for facing the south side of the building which was not completed at the time this picture was taken. The main building is 90 feet in length and 28 feet in width with a clearance of approximately 14 feet to the eaves, the doorways being approximately 10 ft. X 18 ft. Between each doorway is a 12 ft. X 28 ft. bin with sloping sidewalls where all salvage is classified and stacked and then disposed of to junk dealers. All materials having any salvage value are saved, sorted and disposed of through the facilities of this building. The two small lean-to sheds at the easterly end of the building were originally used for WPA (Work Projects Administration) construction crews, one of these sheds will be used as a garage for the Allis-Chalmers tractor which will be used with a reversible bulldozer blade sidewalk snow plow to push the refuse through the back doorways and over the bank after the salvage material has all been sorted out. When the building is completed it will be painted with camouflage asphaltum paint which has been donated for the purpose. See also mcalA02F05i13 Burlington Dump

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                                              Title:   Burlington Lakefront

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

                                              Date:  1932; 1934, undated; 1932; 1934, undated

                                              Resource type:   photographs

                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              December 20, 1932. Photo caption "Outfall end of new trunk line sewer; old sewer shown on extreme right." The date 1932 clearly seen on the upper portion. On the right edge of the photo is seen an old out of service trolley car.

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                                                Title:   Burlington Streets: North Ave

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

                                                Date:  Undated

                                                Resource type:   photographs

                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                Undated photograph taken behind Saiger's Store (Colodny's) at 87-95 North Avenue looking easterly over a refuse strewn bank towards the parking lot and the Shell gas station at the intersection of North Street and North Avenue beyond. See also mcalA16F12i30

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                                                  Title:   Burlington Streets: North Bend Street

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

                                                  Date:  1942-05-23

                                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  May 23, 1942. This view shows the intersection of St. Louis Street and North Bend Street as excavation on the road to the proposed City Dump on the Intervale was being started Saturday morning May 23. This view is looking in a westerly direction along North Bend Road.

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