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Hear You Calling Me

William Olney Briggs (1805-1887)

Beautiful sculpture dedicated to William Olney Briggs (1805-1887) and family in Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Historic America Photography

Antwerp Ruins

Antwerp Ruins
The Village of Antwerp on the Indian River in Upstate New York has seen better days. Its population has dwindled from a 1920 height of over 1,000 residents. The village main street is now a historic district, but its storefronts are crumbling and abandoned. These brick buildings date to 1889. Antwerp gets its name from the Antwerp company of Belgium, which was part owner in the early 1800s. Despite the dilapidated main street, you can still find beautiful Victorian homes throughout the town.
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Swansong of My Heart

Lazelle A. Michael (1852-1939)

Monument to Lazelle A. Michael (1852-1939) and his wives, Emma J. (1852-1907), Carolyn E. (1870-1915), and Virginia L. (1876-1926), in Oakwood Cemetery, 50 101st Street, Troy, Rensselaer County, New York. This monument fascinates me, not just because Emma and Virginia were sisters (and clearly the two women depicted in stone), but because I can’t find any information on this family beyond a patent Lazelle filed for an ice cream scoop in 1905. If you know the story behind this monument, please contact me!

Lazelle A. Michael (1852-1939)

The name of Lazelle’s first wife, Emma, is wrapped in grape vines, and the inscription reads:

Abiding faith in immortal hope of glorious reunion.

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Old Mill in Ira, New York

Old Mill in Ira, New York
This old building contains the first grist mill in Ira, New York, built by John Hooker in 1818. The Cato Milling Company added to the mill, using its original portion as a store room. Ira is known as Cato today, and is on NY State Route 34 and 370.
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Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, Connecticut

Cedar Hill Cemetery, at 453 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut, is a historic rural cemetery designed by landscape architect Jacob Weidenmann and opened in 1866. Its picturesque grounds encompass 270 acres and are the final resting place for over 32,000 of the city’s former residents, including multiple U.S. Congressmen, Connecticut governors, and Civil War generals.

Samuel Colt (1814-1862)

Samuel Colt (1814-1862), inventor and industrialist, had an incalculable impact on American history. He invented the Colt .45 caliber six-shot single action revolver, which became an iconic firearm in the American West. It was called “The Equalizer” and “The Peacemaker.” Though not the most popular firearm in its day, it came to represent the rugged individualism of America in popular culture. His enormous neoclassical column of polished granite is a testament to his impact.

David Clark (1806-1889)

This bronze neoclassical sculpture is dedicated to the David (1806-1889) and Julia (1810-1892) Clark family. The couple had six children, only one of whom, Mary, outlived their mother. The Clark monument was designed by Truman Howe Bartlett and sculpted by Ferdinand von Miller.

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Historic America Photography

You’re not in Kansas

You're not in Kansas
A lonely old windmill in rural Jefferson County, New York.
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The Architecture of Loss

George Porter Hilton (1859-1909)

A bronze relief designed by Oscar Lenz on a mausoleum for the Hilton family in Albany Rural Cemetery, on Cemetery Avenue off NY State Route 32, in Menands, Albany County, New York. George Porter Hilton (1859-1909) was president of the Hilton Bridge Construction Company and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and a colonel in the National Guard. He had one son, John (1901-1955), with his wife, Jesse K. Myers (1859-1922). The inscription reads:

I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.