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SuperCenter: 1941

SuperCenter: 1941

October 1941. "Main store for Fort Hunter, New York." Glimpsed earlier here and here. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.


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New York, West Shore & Buffalo Railroad

This store was located along the railroad that was built with Pennsylvania RR interests to compete with the New York Central Railroad. (The two roads later declared a truce and swapped some of their routes.) A few images of the Fort Hunter train station can be seen at the bottom of this website as well as the railroad bridge located a few hundred yards west of the store. This bridge is now a bike trail but was placed into service as a highway bridge when a bridge on the nearby New York Throughway collapsed in 1987 killing 10.

Rails to Trails

A quick pivot of the recent Google Earth view shows that the railroad tracks are long gone, replaced by an asphalt bike/ped trail, which young hiker seems to be enjoying.

Car ID

1939 Pontiac.

Minus a chimney & porch

Wittemeier Coal and Coke

Harold Wittemeier owned the largest coal company in the area. He stated that during the depression, people in Fort Hunter would remove up to two tons of coal from parked trains. As a result, coal trains were instructed to speed through the town to avoid "scooping".

Still around today

Salada Tea company was founded in 1892 by Peter Charles Larkin. He introduced the concept of storing the tea in aluminum foil instead of storing it loosely.

Looks dreary

You sure the Bates Motel isn't somewhere in the background?

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