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1955, Larkspur, California. Our neighbor Mr. Cagwin at age 98. Born 1857 in Joliet, Illinois; as an infant came west via sailing vessel from New York and by litter across the Isthmus of Panama; selling newspapers in Hangtown, California, at age of five when the Civil War broke out; worked at Carson City Mint, then San Francisco Mint at the time of the earthquake; retired in 1922. My brother, doing occasional yard work for the Cagwins at the time, took this Ektachrome slide in their Arts & Crafts style home, which they had built after moving to Larkspur in 1905. View full size.
April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. "Ruins of Gallego Mills." A water wheel in the Gallego flour mill on the James River after its destruction in the Great Fire of 1865, which consumed most of the buildings in Richmond's business district. Wet-plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.