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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Welcome to St. Augustine: 1865

Welcome to St. Augustine: 1865

A street in St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1865. View full size. Left half of a wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph made by Samuel A. Cooley.

 

Been there several times

I go to St. Augustine as often as I can. I live 2.5 hours South of it near Melbourne. This is St. George Street. Here are just a couple of the hundreds of photos I've taken of the area below. I believe the streets were built so narrowly because there were no cars as someone above stated, plus it was close to the Fort, so they probably wanted to keep the houses close to each other.

My daughter is to the right in this photo with the red shirt and blue/white umbrella, but this is how it looks today.

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It's George Street

The street pretty much looks the same today except that it's tidy and is teeming with tourists.

Walls

St. Augustine is an OLD city. It used to have walls, to keep out whoever was the next country to occupy it. Of necessity buildings were built close together, inside the walls. 400 years ago cars weren't an issue.

Alley

This looks like an alley. The buildings have no fronts. Was land so scarce in Florida?

 
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