East Wallingford RR Section House, one of the last known in the state. #presinpink

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Elias Lyman Coal Company office building,1902, College Street, Burlington, VT. It has taken years to snap a photograph of this adorable building without cars blocking the view! It is one of my favorites. #presinpink

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Saturday adventures: touring playgrounds. My toddler is the perfect playground research assistant; now if only she could read patents! #presinpink

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The Barge Canal (seen here looking to the rail yard) in Burlington, VT was constructed in 1869 for the lumber industry. Over 100 years of industry followed, polluting the waterway. Declared an EPA Superfund site in 1983, it has since been capped. #presinpink

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Another Friday, another playground!This jungle gym is barely visible on the side of a dirt road in Goshen. Across the road is a former ca. 1860 one-room schoolhouse. Check out the blog for more photos of this playground piece. (Link in profile.)

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Historic Playground: Goshen Jungle Gym

The former Goshen School (ca. 1860) is now used as the Goshen Town Offices. While it still stands in its general form, the fenestration (rhythm and size of windows) has been altered greatly, to the point of loss of integrity.  The only photo I can find is from a German Wikipedia page, or from a Bing Maps streetside view, but it does show you what I mean in terms of altered fenestration.

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Screenshot (dated 2015) from Bing Maps Streetside View. The windows have been replaced and there would not have been a door breaking up the bank of windows on the façade.

At first glance, this might not even look like a school to you; however, evidence of the building’s history as a school sits across the dirt road in a small playground.

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A jungle gym in Goshen, VT.

This jungle gym resembles those available commercially in the 1940s-1950s, though it is appears to be a locally made (vernacular, if you will) version. Some of the pieces are stamped with “Goshen School” and “Brandon Iron”.

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This reads “Goshen School”.

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Don’t fall in the creek – it’s just behind the jungle gym.

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Curved pieces of playground equipment were more common in the mid 20th century, as opposed to early decades.

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Connection details.

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This reads “Brandon Iron.”

“Brandon Iron” conjures up the iron industry of Brandon, even though this metal is steel, not iron. Historically, the Town of Brandon was rich in water power and abundant in iron ore, which led to the growth of the iron industry in Brandon Village and nearby Forestdale by 1810. Once the railroad arrived in 1849, competition hurt the iron industry, and by the 1865 the Forest Dale Blast Furnace no longer operated. What had been the Brandon Iron and Car Wheel Company (est. 1850) and the Conant Iron Works became the Howe Scale Company, a manufacturer of scales. It extremely unlikely that this playground apparatus was constructed during the operating years of the Brandon Iron and Car Wheel Company, so the “Brandon Iron” must refer to something else.

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More details.

Vermont history buffs – any guesses as to the origin of this apparatus?

All photos are courtesy of Devin Colman, 2018.