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Dead End: 1905

Dead End: 1905

Circa 1905. "Cemetery Avenue, Springfield, Mass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Lost New England

There's an alternate view here.

The Majestic Elms

must have all been victims of Dutch Elm disease. I'm thinking the whitewash is indeed an attempt to battle the scourge that wiped out the American Elm.

[Dutch elm disease wasn't discovered in Europe until 1910 and not found in North America until 1928. - tterrace]

Whitewashed

It appears that all the tree trunks have a whitewash applied to them. To see better at night?

[Once commonly done in an attempt to control insects or "sun scald." -tterrace]

City of the Dead

A less grand entrance.

Or, uh... exit, as the case may be.

There is a building there to the left that mimics the appearance of the now missing portal:

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