Paving technology in the 1890s


BENNINGTON — Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. In this week's photo, we see a horse-drawn roller compacting gravel on Union Street. "The brick building in background is the rear of the Richie building, and to the right would be the rear of the building which is now occupied by Shaffe's Men's Shop," Wager said. "The empty lot that has a 'for sale' sign on it is now the site of Union Street Dental, with that building being moved there from the corner of Union and South streets when the Post Office was built, circa 1912." Volume III of Wager's book series, "Bennington History: A Colorized Journey through the 19th-20th Century" is now on sale. Copies are available at Willy's Variety and the Bennington Museum Gift Shop, and can be ordered through the museum's website at All profits benefit the Bennington Museum.



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