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Williamsburg Virginia

Here are three 18th century outbuildings at the Grissell-Hay house. From left to right they are a privy, a smokehouse, and a dairy. Judging by their appearance in this 1920’s photo, work began just in time. Restoration was done using almost all original materials.   Built in 1715, the powder magazine stored arms and ammunition … Continue reading »

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Williamsburg Virginia

Due largely to the vision and generosity of John D, Rockefeller, Jr., there is no better place in America for then-and-now photos than Williamsburg, VA.  Beginning in 1926 he quietly bought up much of the former colonial capitol of Virginia. The main road through town has long been the Duke of Gloucester Street, running one … Continue reading »

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Erie Canal

An idea of the magnitude of lock construction is seen in the first photo dated 1907 showing Lock #3 in Waterford NY and again in an undated photo. Click to enlarge.       During winter, a favorite pastime was skating on the Canal as seen in this ca,1900 photo from Clinton Square.     … Continue reading »

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Erie Canal

Ground was broken for the Erie Canal in 1817, making the current year its bi-centennial. It took 8 years to complete the 363 miles from Albany NY to Buffalo NY. The Canal was 40-feet wide with a 10-foot horse/mule towpath for room to pull the barges. Several photos and much information are presented courtesy of … Continue reading »

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Located 15 miles east of Montrose in western Colorado, the Black Canyon is a National Park whose name comes from the fact that parts of it receive only 33 minutes of sun per day. In 1882, after a year of construction of the 15-mile track, a narrow gauge railroad started service. The track had no … Continue reading »

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Iverson Movie Ranch Part Two

Continuing with the “rock stars” of Iverson Movie Ranch, we have Vultura’s Palace from the Perils of Nyoka, a 15-chapter Republic serial from 1942. These and several other photos are courtesy of  the largest website on all things  Iverson–         iversonmovieranch,blogspot.com     Sheep Flats Rock 1956     Wrench Rock in 5 … Continue reading »

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Iverson Movie Ranch

Iverson Movie Ranch consisted of 500 acres located about 20 miles north of LA, near Simi Valley. It started making movies in 1912 and later added TV programs for a total of about 3,500 shoots, making it the most photographed movie location in history. Leading actors to work there included Richard Burton in” The Robe,” … Continue reading »

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