I know some of you thought my latest assignment about hometown history might be a little too much like a school report. When I was in school, I would have agreed. Today, we have the Internet, Google and Wikipedia which make finding historical information about the places we live in very easy. Of course, you could always walk around and hope to run into history as I did one day in my hometown of Baldwinsville, New York.
Dr. Jonas Baldwin was a very industrious sort. He saw opportunity around the Seneca River and the location which would come to bear his name 41 years after building his cabin. He built a dam to harness the power of the river, a canal to create easy passage of boats past the dam rapids and a bridge across the river to open up the north-south corridor.
As interesting as Dr. Baldwin was. The building behind the historical marker you see in the photo above has some history too. History I could not find on the Internet (though it is probably out there). This history comes directly from me. As I was growing up, the building was Baldwinsville’s United States Post Office. It had a high rounded ceiling inside which amplified any sound in the lobby whether it was a person’s voice or shoes on the hard flooring. It called for whispers when talking so as not to disturb anyone. It was replaced by a boring modern Post Office in the early 1980’s about a mile from this location. Today, I still visit the old Post Office for my dental checkups as it is now a dentist office. However, the old lobby is now a series of offices with none of the charm or sounds I remembered from my childhood.
See how easy it is to find history about your hometown and go out and photograph it? Looking forward to your submissions!