Construction Photographs,
Watertown and Gouverneur, New York, 1909-1910


Quantity: 37 black-and-white photographs (10 x 18-12 x 18 cm.)
Access: Open for research.  Library does not own photonegatives.
Restrictions: White cotton gloves must be worn when handling photographs.  Library does not own copyright.  Can only be reproduced for individual research.
Acquisition: Purchase
Processed By: James Summa, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections, 2004

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Scope and Content Note:

This collection of photographs, taken mostly from glass negatives, are street and architectural views of railroad, bridge, and subway construction in Watertown and Gouverneur, Jefferson County, New York, 1909-1910.

The information in quotation marks is penciled on the back of the photographs; other information was supplied by the cataloger.

List of Photographs:

Folder Photo Description
1 1 Boat docked on Black River[?]
1 2 “Bingman [?] & crew Aug 21 1910.” Men near station. Sign on station reads: “NYC & HRRR SUNDAY Aug 21 1910.” Locomotive in view.
1 3 Same photograph as #2.  Poorer quality photograph.
1 4 “Moving temporary station. Watertown, N.Y., Aug 21, 1910.” Men working on tracks near station. Same building as in photograph #2.
1 5 Tracks in yard with trains and buildings in background.
2 6 “1909 Doubletracking [1909-1910 crossed out] Richland[?]-Watertown. Before crew went to Watertown.” Country view of tracks and overhead wires.
2 7 “Classification yard Watertown, N.Y., Fall - 1909.” Yard, tracks, cars, station and buildings viewed from height.
2 8 “Subway, Watertown N.Y., Summer 1910.” Men gathered around tracks with buildings in background.
2 9 “Excavation for Subway, Watertown, N.Y., Spring 1910.” Construction site with buildings and railcars in background.
2 10 “Subway, Watertown, Spring 1910.” Men at construction site with tracks and buildings in background.
3 11 “Building Subway, Watertown N.Y., Spring 1910.”  Same photograph as #10.
3 12 Men facing camera working on bridge.
3 13 Same photograph as #12.
3 14 Men working on bridge; different view.
3 15 Group of men with surveying equipment facing camera.
4 16 Two men facing camera with poles in hand working near river[?]
4 17 One man facing camera with pole in hand working near river[?]
4 18 Three men sitting facing camera with railroad cars in background.
4 19 “Gouverneur, Spring 1910.” Side view of man near station looking out on rail yard and tracks.
4 20 “Gouverneur, Spring 1910.” View of rail yard, tracks, and station.
5 21 “Looking Eastward down Arsenal St. and [up/west?] State St., Watertown, N.Y., Mch 1910.”
5 22 “Looking northwesterly across Jackson St,, Watertown, N.Y., March 1910.”
5 23 View of rail tracks and overhead wires along dirt road.  Sign on pole in foreground reads: “Jordan Road.”
5 24 View of retaining wall and construction site.
5 25 View of retaining wall and construction site. Different image, viewed from opposite direction of photograph #24.
6 26 Same photograph as #25.
6 27 Different view of retaining wall.
6 28 “Foundation for River St. wall, Watertown, N.Y., Mch 1910.”
6 29 “Entrance to cave under tracks near wall, Watertown, N.Y., Spring 1910.”
6 30 “River St., Watertown, N.Y., Spring 1910.”  View of construction site.
7 31 “River St., Watertown, N.Y., Fall 1909. Looking Northwesterly.”
7 32 “Wall, Watertown, Spring 1910.”  View of construction site. 
7 33 “Wall,Watertown, Spring 1910.” Similar but different image than photograph #32.
7 34 “Clearing River St., Watertown, N.Y., for wall, Mch 1910.” Image of retaining wall construction site, with railroad cars and tracks in view.
7 35 “Retaining Wall, Watertown, N.Y., Spring 1910. Looking westerly.” Viewed from height.
8 36 “Retaining Wall, Watertown N.Y., Spring 1910.”  View of construction site.
8 37 ‘River St. Wall, Watertown, Spring 1910.” View of construction site. Similar but different image than photograph #32.
Last Updated: May 20, 2021