Posts Tagged ‘US history’

What’s in a Name

February 27, 2012

Beginning of Route 20Boston, Massachusetts© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

End of Route 20Boston, Massachusetts© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Boston, Mashachusetts
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In Boston, Route 20 either begins or ends, depending on which direction you’re facing. Speaking historically, however, Boston is part of the road’s beginning, where it was originally called the King’s Highway. Later the name was changed to the Upper Boston Post Road, when it became part of a colonial mail route between Boston and New York. The road roughly follows the Old Connecticut Path, a Native American trail that extended from Massachusetts Bay to the Connecticut River.

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Leesville Toll Marker

August 8, 2011

Great Western Toll BoothLeesville, New York© jan albers | all rights reserved
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Leesville, New York

Leesville, New York, was one of the most western posts on the First Great Western Turnpike, built as a toll road from Albany, the state capital, to the frontier town of Cherry Valley in the late 18th century. Commerce didn’t come cheap – drivers (of a different sort) paid 3 cents per dozen to move their sheep and swine along the road. No tolls were collected from people going to or returning from church or the grist mill, or from those who were on military duty or on journeys within the town where the tollgate was located.

Revolutionary War Cemetery

July 22, 2011

Revolutionary War CemeteryBecket, Massachusettes© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved


Revolutionary War CemeteryBecket, Massachusettes© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Becket, Mashachusetts

The West Becket Cemetery includes the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers. The headstones, tilted this way and that by time, seem to mimic the surrounding hills and Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Sod House: Museum of the Fur Trade

July 7, 2011

Sod House--Museum of the Fur TradeChadron, Nebraska© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserved

Chadron, Nebraska

This sod house is part of the Museum of the Fur Trade, in Chadron, Nebraska, built on the site of a trading post for the American Fur Company that was established in 1837. The post was in ruins by the mid-1880s, and it was reconstructed in 1956 on its original foundation stones.

Shaker Village

June 22, 2011

Shaker VillageMount Lebanon, New York© jan albers | all rights reserved© jan albers | all rights reserve

Mount Lebanon, New York

A settlement designed to fail. Which it did, in 1947, when the last seven members of the community left this site.

Drummer, Memorial Day

May 27, 2011

Drummer, Memorial DayWaterloo, New York© karen e. titus | all rights reserved© karen e. titus | all rights reserved

Waterloo, New York


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