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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 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

February 21, 1944. This view shows the dumping area at the foot of College St. in front of the Central Vermont Freight House. The snow dumped the night before was being bulldozed over the front of the dock into the lake when this picture was taken. Several thousand cubic yards of snow were dumped at this point during the winter.

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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

    February 21, 1944. This view shows the dumping area at the foot of College St. in front of the Central Vermont Freight House. The snow dumped the night before was being bulldozed over the front of the dock into the lake when this picture was taken. Several thousand cubic yards of snow were dumped at this point during the winter.

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      Title:   Burlington Street Department Buildings (Pine Street)

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

      Date:  1934-1944

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      Burlington Street Department, Burlington, Vermont. This view shows the dumping area at the Asphalt Plant after approximately 300 loads of snow had been dumped the previous night. Note the caked condition of the snow as it is dumped from the truck showing that the snow is compressed and packed into the truck bodies by the force of the blower on the loader so that a cubic yard contains approximately twice the weight of the same volume loaded by hand.

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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

        Dec. 13, 1937. Snow plow in operation, possibly at the Burlington Airport.

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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 snow plow in operation, possibly at the Burlington Airport.

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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 snow plow in operation, possibly at the Burlington Airport. Embossed with McAllister name and Burlington, Vt.

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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 snow plows in operation, possibly at the Burlington Airport. Embossed with McAllister name.

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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

                  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

                      December 13, 1937. This view shows the snow loader in action while running a loading test. The capacity when a sufficient amount of snow is available is twenty-five to thirty cubic yards of snow per minute.

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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: Church St. (4X5)

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

                                  Date:  undated; undated

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  View of Church Street after a winter snowstorm looking north toward the Unitarian Church. Snow is being shoveled by hand and loaded onto trucks. The trolley tracks can still be seen running down the middle of the street. On the right the sign for a hardware retail store can be seen. Possibly the 1930s or 1940s.

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                                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Church St. (4X5)

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

                                    Date:  undated; undated

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                    Winter view of Church Street looking south. Men with snow shovels, a horse drawn vehicle and automobiles can be seen.

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                                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Church St. (4X5)

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

                                      Date:  undated; undated

                                      Resource type:   photographs

                                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                      Winter street scene with snow removal crew leaning on their shovels next to a truck filled with snow. Retail stores seen behind the truck. Stores signs advertise (left to right) furnishings, Reuss optometrist, Postal Telegraph Cable Co., Travelers Inn Rooms $1.00 at 106 1/2 Church Street. Windows in the second story bear signs for typewriters, supplies and repair services. Possible date 1930s, 1940s.

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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 (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

                                            Feb. 17, 1944. Snow Removal Project by the Burlington street dept. of Burlington, Vermont. This view looking east shows the results of using salt as an aid to snow removal and safe driving conditions. Note the height of the snow banks where the snow has been plowed to the shoulder and the absence of snow in the traveled portion of the street only a few hours after the application of the salt. To the right are businesses that include Amoco gas station, Chrysler car dealer.

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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: 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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