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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 Airport

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

Date:  1937; 1939; 1937; 1939

Resource type:   photographs

Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-1-12-43 In this Nov. 27, 1939 dated photo, the view shows the completed runway extension of 1,250 lineal feet, 100 feet in width, with the 100 foot radius turning area at the left. The light area in the foreground between the boundary light and the north end of the hard surface, which is approximately 170 feet in length and 100 feet in width, is a light layer of peastone, chips, and stone dust placed to grade and rolled but without any asphalt emulsion treatment either in the base or top. This area is for the purpose of helping the pilots to locate the end of the runway. A similar area, 35 feet long and the full width of the runway was constructed on the southerly end of the north-south runway.

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    Title:   Burlington Airport

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

    Date:  1937; 1939; 1937; 1939

    Resource type:   photographs

    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

    November 16, 1939. WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-1-12-43 Views of Airport extension on north end of north-south runway. The right foreground shows recently mixed Bitumuls stabilized emulsion base with armor coat stone being placed in the background and grading of base on turning area at left preparatory to applying stabilizing emulsion.

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      Title:   Burlington Airport

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

      Date:  1937; 1939; 1937; 1939

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      November 14, 1939. WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-1-12-43. View of extension of north-south runway looking northerly from the north end of the old hard surface section. The crushed stone armor coat in the foreground is nearly ready for the first application of Bitumuls HX quick break emulsion. Work is being carried on preparing the turning area at the extreme north end. This extension is 1,250 feet in length and 100 feet in width. The stone in the foreground has been placed for approximately 650 lineal feet. Hand "spotting" is being done on small areas to insure as near a perfect grade as possible using the stock pile shown at the right in the picture, with rubber tired wheelbarrows for transporting the stone over the surface.

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        Title:   Burlington Airport

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

        Date:  1937; 1939; 1937; 1939

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        November 23, 1939. WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-1-12-43. This view shows the penetration of the armor coat on the northerly half of the 1,250 foot extension of the north-south runway. This view also shows the spreading operation of applying the peastone cover with the aid of the rotary type chip spreader as well as the rolling of the surface with a ten ton tandem roller and hand brooming of the peastone cover where necessary. Note the 100 foot radius turning area at the upper right of the picture.

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          Title:   Burlington Airport

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

          Date:  1937; 1939; 1937; 1939

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          November 16, 1939. WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-1-12-43. View of extension of north-south runway showing Bitumuls stabilized base in the foreground ready to receive final rolling and a layer of crushed stone for armor coat. Armor coat course of chestnut stone can be seen in background for approximately one-half the total length of the extension; also grading operations for building up the base on the turning area to proper grade can be seen in left foreground.

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            Title:   Burlington Airport

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

            Date:  1941-09-04; 1941-09-04

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            September 4, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view shows the new diagonal runway after completion of the asphalt emulsion soil stabilization base. The trucks and equipment at the south end of the runway are completing the base construction for the area which lies to the south of the easterly end of the east-west runway. The equipment and crew at the right are completing the excavation of the surplus material above grade near the northerly edge of the east-west runway area. This view is looking in the south-easterly direction from a point about midway of the length of the runway.

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              Title:   Burlington Airport

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

              Date:  1941-08-23; 1941-08-23

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              August 23, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view shows the grading for the new diagonal runway practically completed and the asphaltic emulsion soil stabilization base construction in progress under contract with the Warren Brothers Roads Company of Boston, Massachusetts. This base is being constructed with the natural soil as found on the site using American Bitumuls Company stabilizing emulsion blading the mixtures into windrows after each application and then spreading it back over the same area with one additional application for each two inches in thickness of loose mixed material. The completed base course being 4 1/2 inches in completed thickness.

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                Title:   Burlington Airport

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

                Date:  1941-08-23; 1941-08-23

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                August 23, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is taken on the centerline of the new diagonal runway looking southeasterly from a point near the boundary lights (shown in the foreground) on the easterly edge of the north-south runway area. Note the power shovel and trucks completing excavation of area in the "V" enclosed within the three runways. This area has just been cleared from the growth of small pine trees. The batter boards in the right and left foreground are located over the drainage ditch where the underground corrugated perforated tar coated metal culvert pipes have just been installed. The crew at the left is constructing a concrete catch basin on the drainage system. The grader and asphalt distributor in the background at the left are constructing soil stabilization base.

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                  Title:   Burlington Airport

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

                  Date:  1941-07-11; 1941-07-11

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  July 11, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is taken from the northerly edge of the east-west runway area directly in line with the centerline stakes of the diagonal runway looking northwesterly. The small pine trees have nearly all been cut with the exception of a small group which can be seen in the left background of the picture on this date and for a distance of approximately 250 feet to the right of the hard surface shoulder of the proposed paved runway. The WPA construction shacks can be seen in the right background while the power shovel and trucks are working at a point near the intersection of the northerly end of the north-south runway.

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                    Title:   Burlington Airport

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

                    Date:  1941-06-19; 1941-06-19

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    June 19, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view shows the fill being made along the southerly boundary line of the east-west runway area. Note the hangar and Administration Building directly to the west in the background of the picture, also the boundary fence in the left foreground at the front of the slope. Several thousand cubic yards of filling was dumped in this area using materials excavated from the runway areas and other areas being cleared of small pines and scrub growth. This filling could not be used for any areas within the paved section because of the great amount of roots and stumps but was satisfactory for straightening the line on this area which would not be used for landing purposes and helped to eliminate a hazardous condition. The filling of this area will also assist in straightening the boundary lights when they are permanently installed. Dump truck seen in upper right corner.

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                      Title:   Burlington Airport

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

                      Date:  1941-06-19; 1941-06-19

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      June 19, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is taken on the centerline of the proposed new diagonal runway at its northwesterly terminus where it intersects with the westerly boundary of the north-south landing area. The obstruction light pole in the center-foreground of the picture is approximately on the centerline of the proposed runway. The hard surface shown crossing the picture is the northerly end of the north-south runway.

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                        Title:   Burlington Airport

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

                        Date:  1941-06-19; 1941-06-19

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        June 19, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view shows construction work near the southeasterly end of the new diagonal runway. Note the supply of corrugated metal pipes for underground drainage system. The area in the foreground is the top of the fill recently made with excavated material hauled from the runway area in the distance. Two automobiles are seen in upper left.

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                          Title:   Burlington Airport

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

                          Date:  1941-06-19; 1941-06-19

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          June 19, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view of the work on the new diagonal runway is the same area which is shown in the previous picture but looking to the northwest from a point near the intersection of the diagonal runway with the easterly end of the east-west runway.

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                            Title:   Burlington Airport (4X5's)

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

                            Date:  1941-09-27; 1941-09-27

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            September 27, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is looking in a northwesterly direction near the intersection of the northerly end of the north-south runway. In the foreground at the right can be seen the cold plant mix asphalt pavement being constructed three inches in thickness on top of the asphalt emulsion soil stabilization base shown in the left half of the picture. Note the six wheel power graders used in spreading the plant mix.

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                              Title:   Burlington Airport (4X5's)

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

                              Date:  1941-09-04; 1941-09-04

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              September 4, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is taken from the extreme southerly end of the new diagonal runway looking in the northwesterly direction. The equipment in the foreground is completing the mixing and spreading of the asphalt emulsion soil stabilization base. The windrows of mixed soil base can be seen in the left foreground as well as the final application of emulsified asphalt which has just been applied to the area in the right foreground which is being bladed into the surface to enrich the top one inch in depth.

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                                Title:   Burlington Airport (4X5's)

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

                                Date:  1941-09-27; 1941-09-27

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                September 27, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is taken from the extreme southerly end of the diagonal runway looking in a northwesterly direction across the intersection of the easterly end of the east-west runway. This entire area has just been completed with the three inch cold plant mix pavement. The ten ton tandem roller can be seen at the left rolling the newly laid pavement while the construction crew are laying similar mixtures at the northerly end of the runway shown in the background.

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                                  Title:   Burlington Airport (4X5's)

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

                                  Date:  1941-09-27; 1941-09-27

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  September 27, 1941. Burlington Municipal Airport, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project. This view is taken from a point at the intersection of the center line of the diagonal runway with the easterly shoulder of the north-south runway as shown by the joint across the foreground of the picture. The crew is laying cold asphalt plant mix three inches in thickness on the 4 1/2 inch stabilized base. Camel's Hump can be seen in the background almost directly in line with the center line of the runway.

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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 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

                                      May 26, 1938. Original caption reads: Battery Park - WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-12-344 This view shows the new pavement under construction. Note the new integral concrete curbs and gutters which were constructed during sub-zero weather in the month of January; also the asphalt penetration base constructed over a heavy telford stone base on which a hot mix stone-filled-sheet asphalt wearing course is being constructed.

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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

                                        1938-1940 photograph of the south entrance to Battery Park (after completion of WPA [Work Projects Administration] project?) Note new light poles, widened road and the completed parapet wall.

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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

                                          1938-1940 photograph of the south entrance to Battery Park with WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project sign. Note the old light poles and that southern portion of the parapet wall has not yet been built.

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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

                                            1938-1940 photograph of Battery park prior to the start of the WPA (Work Projects Administration) project, looking south toward the observation platform. Note the piles of construction sand in road, the old light poles and the lack of the parapet wall along the walkway.

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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

                                              1938-1940 photograph of Battery Park. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) 65-12-344 View of the asphalt plant mix binder. Coarse on sidewalk and concrete base for parapet wall in Battery Park. Note excavation for concrete integral curb and gutter at right.

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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

                                                1938 - 1940 photograph of Battery Park. Original caption reads: Battery Park - WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-12-344 This view shows the 10' asphalt sidewalk after the base had been placed and rolled just prior to placing the finish coat; also the concrete footing to receive the stone masonry parapet wall. Note the old system of street light poles and the old pavement to the right. The look-off with Rock Point in the distance.

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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

                                                  Photograph of Battery Park dated July 11, 1938 looking north toward the look-off. Note completed parapet wall and new light poles. Probably Work Projects Administration project.

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