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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 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 dated June 3, 1938, Original caption reads: Battery Park - WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-12-344 This view shows the construction of the stone masonry parapet wall with the reinforced concrete caps. Note the first concrete cap being polished after removing the forms also the reinforced materials in the right foreground in reinforcing the caps also the special forms used in pouring the concrete caps.

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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 (may be summer 1938) of the north entrance to Battery Park at the completion of the WPA (Work Projects Administration) project.

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      Title:   Burlington Streets: Bradley Road

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

      Date:  1941

      Resource type:   photographs

      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

      Photograph dated Oct. 17, 1941. Original caption reads: Bradley Road Sewer: This view is taken from a point near the intersection of North Avenue looking easterly toward the Poor Farm. This picture was taken after the North End Sewer construction had been completed and numerous large and small pine trees had been eliminated on the southerly side of the street as well as some excavation as shown in the right foreground bordering Ethan Allen Park. Note that the electric light and telephone pole line has been removed and established on the northerly side of the street parallel to the centerline. A sidewalk has been petitioned to be constructed on the northerly side (left hand) of this street which can be readily seen will require the removal of several trees if constructed in the regular location, one foot from the street line. A WPA project was proposed for regrading, widening and generally improving the street but owing to lack of WPA men because of War Defense work this project will be postponed indefinitely.

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        Title:   Burlington Streets: East Ave.

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

        Date:  1938-02-26; 1938-02-26

        Resource type:   photographs

        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

        Feb. 26, 1938 dated photo. East Avenue from near Colchester Avenue looking South, WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 65-12-336. This view shows the widening project carried on during the winter months. This street was widened to a total width of thirty feet and a slope of 1 -1 1/2 was given to the shoulders. The old power line was reconstructed with new poles and fixtures and placed in a position to allow for future development. Another project is being prepared for future development of a new pavement and further widening at the south end of this street.

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          Title:   Burlington Streets: East Ave.

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

          Date:  1936-01-17; 1936-01-17

          Resource type:   photographs

          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

          Undated photo of construction crew working in winter building Telford Stone Base on East Ave., WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project.

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            Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

            Date:  1940-02-23

            Resource type:   photographs

            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

            Photograph dated Feb. 3, 1940. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 665-12-1-38 This view is shows the completed project in the area adjacent to the bridge on Grove Street looking in a northerly direction from a point opposite the entrance to the W.C. Kirby Garage. Note the easy back slope on the shoulders of the excavated portion of the improvement in the background; also the stone dust surfacing of the sidewalks on both sides of the street as well as the asphalt armor coat surface on the pavement.

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              Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

              Date:  1940-11-21

              Resource type:   photographs

              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

              Photograph dated Nov. 21, 1940. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 665-12-1-38 This view is taken from a point exactly on the City limits on Grove Street looking in a north-westerly direction. The pavement area as far as shown in this view is only a temporary surface. No telford base or penetration surface having been constructed for the last 1,000 feet because the project for the sewer and water mains was not continued to the City limits as originally intended. All grading was done, however, and a corrugated metal culvert with concrete headers and catch basins was constructed in the ravine as shown by the location of white guard posts in the center of this picture.

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                Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                Date:  1940-11-21

                Resource type:   photographs

                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                Photograph dated Nov. 21, 1940. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 665-12-1-38 This view is shows the improvement on Grove Street looking southerly from a point near the end of the curb at the northerly end of the project opposite the W.C. Kirby residence. The old quarry pit has been completely filled in the right foreground from excavation taken from the back slope on the shoulders on the right side of the street after having quarried enough stone rubble from the old pit to construct all of the telford stone base for this project.

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                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                  Date:  1940-11-21

                  Resource type:   photographs

                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                  Photograph dated Nov. 21, 1940. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 665-12-1-38 This view is shows the improvements on Grove Street looking in the opposite direction from the view shown in the previous picture.

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                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                    Date:  1940-11-21

                    Resource type:   photographs

                    Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                    Photograph dated Nov. 21, 1940. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) Project No. 665-12-1-38 This view is shows the completed project in the area adjacent to the bridge on Grove Street looking in a northerly direction from a point opposite the entrance to the W.C. Kirby Garage. Note the easy back slope on the shoulders of the excavated portion of the improvement in the background; also the stone dust surfacing of the sidewalks on both sides of the street as well as the asphalt armor coat surface on the pavement.

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                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                      Date:  1938-10-19

                      Resource type:   photographs

                      Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                      Photograph dated Oct. 19, 1938. This view shows the construction project (WPA [Work Projects Administration] Grove Street Bridge, Project No. 465-12-1-15) underway in the area adjacent to the bridge on Grove Street looking in a northerly direction from a point opposite the entrance to the W.C. Kirby Garage.

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                        Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                        Date:  1939-08-15

                        Resource type:   photographs

                        Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                        Photograph dated Aug. 15, 1939. Original caption reads: WPA (Work Projects Administration) Grove Street Bridge, Project No. 465-12-1-15 This view shows the completed Grove Street Bridge Project which was completed late in the year 1938. It consists of a heavy corrugated steel plate arch with reinforced concrete base, sidewalls, and floor slab, using second-hand building brick for the headwalls and spandrel walls with concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters and penetration asphalt pavement.

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                          Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                          Date:  1938-07-27

                          Resource type:   photographs

                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                          Photograph dated July 27, 1938. View of the construction project at the site of the new Grove Street bridge (WPA [Work Projects Administration] Grove Street Bridge, Project No. 465-12-1-15). Direction unknown but is from the opposite of the street seen in photograph no.9.

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                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                            Date:  undated

                            Resource type:   photographs

                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                            Photograph dated July 27, 1938. View of the construction project at the site of the new Grove Street bridge (WPA [Work Projects Administration] Grove Street Bridge, Project No. 465-12-1-15). Direction unknown but is from the opposite of the street seen in photograph no.8.

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                              Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                              Date:  1939-08-15

                              Resource type:   photographs

                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                              Photograph is dated Aug. 15, 1939. Original caption reads: WPA [Work Projects Administration] Street Paving Project No. 665-12-2-38(Grove Street) This view shows Grove Street pavement project looking northerly from the Grove Street Bridge after the westerly half of the pavement had been completed. Note the trench at the left where perforated corrugated metal pipe is being installed for underground drainage purposes.

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                                Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.

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

                                Date:  1939-08-15

                                Resource type:   photographs

                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                Photograph is dated Aug. 15, 1939. Original caption reads: WPA [Work Projects Administration] Street Paving Project No. 665-12-2-38(Grove Street) This view shows Grove Street pavement project looking southerly from the extreme northerly end of the job showing the partially completed base and base leveling course; also quarry operations where stone rubble is being prepared for the construction of the telford stone base.

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                                  Title:   Burlington Streets: Grove St.(4X)

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

                                  Date:  1938

                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                  Photograph dated Oct. 24, 1939. Original caption reads: WPA [Work Projects Administration] Street Paving Project No. 665-12-2-38(Grove Street) This view shows a section of Grove Street looking northerly from the break of grade near the Charles Kirby residence. The telford stone base and crushed stone base leveling course had been completed at this stage of the construction and one-half gallon per square yard of 85-100 penetration asphalt binder had been applied to the base leveling course as a tack coat. The two inch wearing course of crushed stone has just been started in the left of the picture. The stone rubble at the right is for use in continuing the construction of the base. The heavy cut just northerly of the bridge can be seen in the distance as well as the rock quarry at the extreme right where all stone rubble for the telford base is being quarried.

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                                    Title:   Burlington Streets: Lake Street

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

                                    Date:  1936; undated; 1936; undated

                                    May 8, 1936. Lake Street, WPA Project No. 65-12-336 looking South from intersection of Depot Street. This project consists of widening pavement to twenty four feet with Telford stone base construction, surfacing with a leveling course of penetration macadam varying in thickness from one to four inches and constructing Hot Mix stone filled sheet asphalt wearing surface two inches in thickness.

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                                      Title:   Burlington Streets: Lake Street

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

                                      Date:  1936; undated; 1936; undated

                                      May 8, 1936. Lake Street, WPA Project No. 65-12-336 looking South from intersection of Depot Street. This project consists of widening pavement to twenty four feet with Telford stone base construction, surfacing with a leveling course of penetration macadam varying in thickness from one to four inches and constructing Hot Mix stone filled sheet asphalt wearing surface two inches in thickness. Local businesses of Shepard & Morse Lumber Co. and Wilson & Co., wholesale meats seen to the right. Railroad cars and tankers to the left.

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                                        Title:   Burlington Streets: Locust St.

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

                                        Date:  1939; 05-08; 1939; 05-08

                                        May 8, 1939. Locust Street, WPA Project No. 665-12-1-38 looking easterly from Pine Street while constructing telford base and sidewalk filling.

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                                          Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Upper)

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

                                          Date:  1938-04-20

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          April 20, 1938 view of Main Street from South Union to South Willard Street, WPA Project 465-12-1-16 This view shows the construction work after all excavation of the old pavement had been made and sand cushion with telford stone base had been nearly completed; also crushed stone base placed on the telford on the south half of the street. To the extreme right is seen a corner of the Edmunds High School building (Burlington High School).

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                                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Main Street (Upper)

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

                                            Date:  1938-05-09

                                            Resource type:   photographs

                                            Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                            May 9, 1938 view of Main Street from South Union Street to South Willard Street, WPA Project No. 465-12-1-16. This view shows the completed pavement after a binder course of hot mix stone-filled-sheet asphalt had been constructed on the penetration crushed stone base which is partially shown in the view showing previous construction. Through the elm trees, a corner of the Edmunds High School building (Burlington High School) can be seen on the far right. Earlier and later models of automobiles are parked on both sides of the street.

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                                              Title:   Burlington Streets: North Ave

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

                                              Date:  1936-11-20

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                                              Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                              Original caption reads: North Avenue Street Widening Project, WPA No. 65-12-336 looking North from a point opposite Lake View Cemetery residence. Note telford base nearly completed on west shoulder with crushed stone for penetration course in place. East shoulder approximately one-half excavated with Telford Base and chestnut stone in place.

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                                                Title:   Burlington Streets: North Ave

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

                                                Date:  1936-11-20

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                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                Original caption reads: North Avenue Street Widening Project, WPA No. 65-12-336 looking South from intersection of Institute Road. Note telfold base nearly completed on west shoulder with crushed stone for penetration course in place. East shoulder approximately one-half excavated with Telfold Base and chestnut stone in place.

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                                                  Title:   Burlington Streets: North Ave

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

                                                  Date:  1940-02-23

                                                  Resource type:   photographs

                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  Photograph dated Feb. 23, 1940. Original caption reads: WPA Project No. 655-12-2-62. This view shows the construction of the North End Sewer in front of the George Farrington [1106 North Ave.] and the Ralph Thayer [1076 North Ave.] residence opposite the entrance to the Burlington Rendering Company's plant. This section of the project is a 15" sewer being constructed entirely with hand labor, using sledge hammers and wedges for excavating through the frost. The Universal Crane used for pulling sheeting and handling materials on the job can be seen in the distance where the excavator is being used for installing the 18" pipe. The depth of the sewer at this location is approximately 12-13 feet.

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