horses & driving

As I, as they say, hit the road this afternoon for my loooong drive to Martin’s Auction … here’s a busy street scene from Boston, in 1906. Enjoy!



Hmmm… What’s going on here, in front of the Riverside Inn (at Saranac Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains), c. 1909?? There are several horse-drawn vehicles, all sporting advertisements and banners, some spectators, a few barefoot children … and even a brass band.



There is a lot going on in this photo of Herald Square, in New York City, c. 1903.

Enjoy perusing all the details!



Checking in with Mr. Johnson the next morning …

“On the morning of the 26th I left Green River city for Laramie, where I arrived on the 10th of June.

“Leaving [Green River] city I followed the railroad to Rock Springs, where I left it and did not see it again until arriving in Laramie. After leaving the city and having traveled about six miles, I came to Bitter Creek river. The waters are said to be poisonous and cattle are not allowed to drink its waters. In fording this river, my cattle were not dry, so did not attempt to drink.

“About twelve o’clock I made Rock Springs, which is a telegraph station. Here I made a short stop, giving water and grain to the cattle and took a dish of cold coffee and crackers myself. Here I leave the railroad for a long time. About four miles or more from here, I met an ox team, accompanied by two men, and inquired if I was on the right trail for Laramie. ‘You are not; you should have taken the other trail,’ they said. ‘Then I shall have to go back and take the other trail?’ I said. ‘No, go on a little further and turn to your left, you will come into the trail.’ I went on and, coming to the place, turned to the left, as I had been told, coming back to the trail all right, and about five o’clock came to a slough; it was an awful looking hole. After looking at it I got up on my wagon and drove over it all right.

“After a little while I came to another of the same kind, which I passed all right. Went on, coming to some grass, which was fenced in and some cattle feeding, and going on a little further came to a house and barn. After passing the house, we came to a good grass plat where I camped for the night. I turned my cattle loose to feed for themselves, while I gathered some fuel, made a fire, prepared some coffee and cooked some dried beef, partaking of an excellent supper. A good dish of coffee, well seasoned with milk and sugar, all alone, tastes good, you bet.

“After supper I brought in the cattle, gave them some grain and secured them for the night; spread out my blankets, laid down and allowed myself to go to sleep. Just think of it: in the dead of night to wake up and find yourself alone; then I have a long talk with my cattle. My dog, Bertie, is at all times with me in my bed.”

In today’s old photo, we have a view of Jacksonville, Florida, c. 1910. The street is filled with cars, a few pedestrians, a bicycle, and quite a lot of horse-drawn vehicles. The ones standing by the curb on the left side of the photo are actually standing in front of a harness shop.



There is a LOT of horse-drawn traffic in this fantastic photo, c. 1908, of Philadelphia’s Delaware Avenue, at the foot of Market Street.

Enjoy looking around!


Here’s a fascinating photo, from 1911, of a huge boiler being moved down D Street in Washington, D.C., with the Capitol in the background.

There are twelve horses here. Can you find them all?


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