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Dark Passage: 1937

Dark Passage: 1937

Chatham County, Georgia, circa 1937. "Stoddard's Lower Range from Factory [Factors] Walk, River Street, Savannah." Passage through the cotton warehouses built by John Stoddard on the bluffs above the Savannah River in the late 1850s. 8x10 inch safety negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

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Below is the same perspective of the Drayton Street Ramp from July of 2010. The top of the passage was created by the construction in 1887 of the Old Cotton Exchange Building utilizing air rights above the ramp (the Cotton Exchange Building fronts on Bay Street). The left side of the passage was enclosed some time ago.

Dark Passage: 1937: Still the same.

I don't spend much time near the river anymore due to the tourist influx, but I can assure you it is almost still the same. You can walk through to the other side and stand below Factors Row. Whenever I get to go home it is nice to see things have stayed the same.

It's Factors Walk

That strip is called Factors Walk, after the cotton factors (brokers) of the era

Classy

I like it. Even utilitarian columns had some class.

And here it is today

 
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