Plymouth Avenue 1901

Plymouth Avenue 1901 looking north.  The caption says “New Plymouth, Idaho 1/11.”  The low angle of the sun making shadows on the roofs, is consistent with a time shortly after noon on a January day, therefore the 1/11, meaning January 11, 1901.

The nearest building is the blacksmith shop behind the Pioneer Hall.  The Pioneer Hall rear stage door is open.    Above the open door you can see a hoist boom sticking out used to hoist goods via pully up to the second floor.  You cannot see it in this photo, but there was an alley between the blacksmith shop and the Pioneer building. This blacksmith shop was later moved a block away on West Elm. The rain gutter is seen going down the back and side of Pioneer Hall.

The street is just dirt with a ditch/gutter on the east side of the road.  Drainage would be north.

New Plymouth Avenue Looking North. January 11, 1901.

January 11, 1901
New Plymouth Avenue Looking North


Note the telephone poles and wires proceeding up the Street.  The double cross bars on these poles and what looks like a transformer next to what became the telephone office on the Pioneer building, might indicate that these poles were being used both for phones and for power cables.  This was a practice common for the time in many areas.

The trees lining the road look to be five years old.  This would imply that trees such as these were planted by the founders the year New Plymouth was founded, 1895.  Later photos are consistent with these same trees lining Plymouth Avenue (Main Street) through the center of town for 2-3 blocks.  These trees were later removed. These trees might help date some photos of main street  stores (without dates or captions.)  There was a similar sized tree in front of the Bowers Hotel and one in front of the Stevens Building–and we can see one in front of the Creasey Building as well.

In the mid distance you can  make out the Creasey Building on the left with buggies in front of it.  Across the road is the Stevens Building.

Note the awning on the back end of the Stevens Building of a type used by Groceries of the time.  An awning would be necessary as the late afternoon low angle of the Sun would be difficult without one. Because the Stevens building was built on the corner of Plymouth and Elm, it is plausible for the building to house an entrance and business facing Elm as well as Plymouth.

To the right of the trees on the east side of Plymouth, you  can make out a row of fence posts indicating this corner might have been pastured at this time–which would have kept weeds down while awaiting building.

The water office building was built later  on the lower right hand side of this photo.  Next to it the high school was built in 1938.

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