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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

Undated photograph. Original caption reads: "Sno-go Rotary Snow Plow and Blower shown in a demonstration at the City of Burlington's Street Department, Central Plant, located at Pine Street."

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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

    1930s or 1940s photograph of a Burlington Street Dept. snow plow/blower

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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

      1930s or 1940s photograph of a Burlington Street Dept. snow plow/blower (side view)

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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

        1930s or 1940s photo of Burlington Street Dept. snow plow (?) vehicle.

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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

          1930s or 1940s photograph of a Burlington Street Dept. snow plow/blower (front view)

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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

            Undated photograph of a snowplow in operation.

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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

              Undated photograph of a snowplow in operation.

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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 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

                    Undated photograph. Original caption reads: "Sno-go Rotary Snow Plow and Blower shown in a demonstration at the City of Burlington's Street Department, Central Plant, located at Pine Street. Purchase of a similar device by the City of Burlington is under consideration."

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                      Title:   Burlington Street Department Buildings - Equipment (4X5)

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

                      Date:  February 22; 1940

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      Photograph dated Feb. 22, 1940. Original caption reads: "The Snow King Rotary Plow operated by the Walter Snow Fighter Truck blowing heavy frozen snow on the shoulder of the Burlington Municipal Airport runways. Both the north-south and the east-west runways were opened for a width of 250 feet and for a length of 3,600 feet after each storm, the snow being plowed back into windrows from which it is blown as seen in the picture. A total of sixty-six hours work with the Rotary Plow was necessary to dispose of the entire amount of snow accumulated on the two runways, taxi-strip and hangar areas over the period from February 11, 1940 to February 22, 1940, inclusive, during which time the Weather Bureau reported a total snow fall of 11.8 inches, some of which was combined with several hours of rain and a lowering of the temperature to sub-zero weather.

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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: Main Street (4X5's)

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

                              Date:  undated

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              Mar. 18, 1940. This view shows the Snow King Rotary Snow Plow in section mounted on the front of the Street Department's Walter's Snow Fighter Truck in front of the Post Office on Main Street. Note the discharge spout delivering snow over the high side boards of the five cubic yard truck. This loader is capable of loading a five cubic yard load in less than one-half minutes and has frequently loaded one hundred-five cubic yard truck loads of new fallen snow in approximately one and one-half hours working time including delays because of traffic and street intersections clean up.

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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

                                  View of Main Street looking northeast. Four members of the street dept crew stand next to a truck after a heavy snow fall. In the background is 266 Main Street once the residence of Benjamin White. American elms stand behind. Undated by may be 1920s.

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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

                                    A street dept vehicle with attached snowplowing equipment is seen in this undated (may be 1920s) photo with crew members standing nearby. To the extreme right may be the corner of the Edmunds High School (Burlington High School).

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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 with city street dept truck with snowplowing equipment attached. Crew members, one with snow shovel, stand nearby. What appears to be a three bay window church is seen behind the truck. Undated (1920s?)

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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:  1944; 02-20

                                          February 20, 1944. This view taken near the intersection of Pearl Street shows the Snow King Rotary Plow loading snow from So. Winooski Ave. into truck which hauled the snow to the dumping area at the foot of College St. Each load contained approximately 10 cubic yards when piled high above the cab as shown in this picture. Buildings seen in the background run along Pearl Street going east.

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                                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

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

                                            Date:  1944; 02-20

                                            February 20, 1944. This view taken on So. Winooski Ave near the First Congregational Church shows the Snow King Rotary Snow Loader mounted on Walter Snow Fighter truck loading snow from the street into a 10 cubic yard truck body. One of these truck loads is approximately 3/4 of a minute. An average fall of 6 inches of snow will require the hauling of approximately 250 loads of snow from the business streets.

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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:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

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

                                                Date:  1944-02-20

                                                Photograph dated Feb. 20, 1944. Original caption reads: This view shows the Snow King Rotary Snow Loader mounted on Walter Snow Fighter truck loading snow from the street into a 10 cubic yard truck body. One of these truck loads is loaded in approximately 3/4 of a minute. An average fall of 6 inches of snow will require the hauling of approximately 250 loads of snow from the business streets.

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                                                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.(4X5's)

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

                                                  Date:  undated

                                                  Undated photograph taken prior to 1927 of a snow plow in operation. The buildings (now demolished) in the background were located at 127, 135 and 137 South Winooski Avenue.

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