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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: 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

                                    Resource type:   photographs

                                    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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                                          Title:   Burlington Streets: Pine St.

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

                                          Date:  1940; 02-23

                                          Resource type:   photographs

                                          Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                          February 23, 1940. WPA Project No. 665-12-1-38, Street Improvements - Pine Street This view shows the excavation practically completed on Pine Street between Flynn Ave and Ferguson Ave ready for the sand cushion and telfold base. Some of this excavation is being done by hand labor using wedges and sledge hammers as shown in the foreground and the remainder is being done with the aid of Paving Breakers and a No. 105 Ingersol-Rand Air compressor. Excavation on this block was from 20"-24" in depth in hard frost, the frost going to a depth of approximately five feet. St. Anthony's Church seen to the left.

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                                            Title:   Burlington Streets: Scarff Ave.

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

                                            Date:  undated

                                            Undated photograph. Original caption reads: WPA Highway Construction. A view looking west along Scarff Avenue from a point west of the intersection of Scarff Avenue and Wells Street.

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                                              Title:   Burlington Streets: Winooski Ave.

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

                                              Date:  1939; 08-15

                                              August 15, 1939. So. Winooski Ave. looking south from intersection of Main Street after Plant-Mix asphalt pavement with an average of one and one-half inches of hot asphalt binder course or leveling course and two inch wearing surface of American Bitumuls laykold mixture had been placed and the street opened to traffic. Sign to the left near a two story billboard structure states P.W.A. Federal Works Agency Public Works Administration Street Improvements. Billboards advertise Ritz Crackers and Chesterfield Cigarettes. Strong building on the corner to the right.

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                                                Title:   Ethan Allen Park, Burlington

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

                                                Date:  1937

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                                                Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                Original caption reads: This view shows Ethan Allen Park drive as seen from the pinnacle. This drive is being constructed with 8" telford stone sub base, 4 inches of stabilized sand and stone base and 1 1/4 inch of armor coat wearing surface covered with a thin layer of washed sand. There is a little over one mile of this type of pavement sixteen feet in width which has been constructed under the WPA project.

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                                                  Title:   Ethan Allen Park, Burlington

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

                                                  Date:  1937

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                                                  Resource type:   black-and-white photographs

                                                  Original caption reads: This is a view of the building built under WPA Project No. 65-12-344 at Ethan Allen Park to be used as a combination tool house and toilet for ladies and gentlemen. Modern plumbing has been installed in the toilets with a large cesspool for sewage disposal which can later be connected with the proposed sewer to be built on Bradley Road. This building is erected near the picnic grounds in the Pine Grove.

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