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In Passing

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updated 31 March 2016

We who know not What we do Spend our time Just passing through. -- Wretched Poet


The Wagner Palace Car Company was founded by Webster Wallace in 1858. It had a long history of both competition and cooperation with the Pullman Car Company. Pullman bought it out in 1900. According to the Mid-Continent Railway Museum,"The Wagner Palace Car Company was one of the largest employers in Buffalo in 1890. Its works occupied 35.7 acres at 1770 Broadway out at the east end of Broadway near Broadway and Bailey. In addition to brass finishers, the company employed blacksmiths, car builders, carpenters, carvers, marble finishers, steamfitters and even a storekeeper!" In the Google View above, 1770 would be in the center of the picture. What a great location for a railway sleeping car company! Note the semi-circular building at 4 o'clock. It is a former railroad roundhouse, according to Forgotten Buffalo, one of a few 19th century buildings surviving into the 21st …

9 on 5: Field Trip no.1 Albany to Little Falls

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9 on 5updated 8 April 2016 Welcome, travelers! We will be visiting random locations of interest along NY Route 5 beginning in Albany, NY and ending somewhere near, maybe west of Utica. We'll see. When one of our field trips begins things become unpredictable. Who knows where it will end! Origins, Albany NY area Bank buildings of various impressive designs are (ahem) a dime a dozen in Albany. I wonder if this is typical where politicians congregate. Money and politics are particularly well connected in the Albany of 2016.


Aside from the fancy entrance, the thing that strikes me about the structure above is its size. A primary objective of bank headquarters architecture is to convey strength and permanence. Your money will be safe here! So we'll take all of it, thank you.
On this photo and others to follow, you will notice the occasional Google logo. This is derivative photography originally shot from Google's nine eyes on Street View. No effort has been made to disquise or…