Utica: a Photo Diary

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8:48 AM: Starting the day out on the 21st century analog to the Erie Canal.
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9:36 AM: Arriving in Utica!
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The church on the left is Grace Episcopal Church. The pinkish building on the right stands where the Butterfield House Hotel did in 1872. Josephine’s three children were staying in room 62 when Henry Hall arrived dead on the streetcar.

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The new version of the streetcar, minus the murder.

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According to Judge John Walsh, Josephine went to speak to Thomson as the streetcar reached the intersection of Dakin and Genesee.
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Making this, just past Dakin, the likely spot of the murder.
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321 Genesee Street, just north of Oneida Square: the 1872 home of Milton Thomson.
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The OCHS does not allow photographs inside their research center, so this photo diary takes a break out of respect for that policy.
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After the OCHS, I set off looking for Augusta, the town where Josephine grew up. In Oriskany Falls, I realize I’ve gone too far.
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Searching for a town
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Searching….
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I found a cow
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I found a crow
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Where in the world is Augusta, NY?
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I drove straight past this church on the first time through. I failed to realize that the church….is Augusta. I stopped to take this picture of the town center, and got some very suspicious looks from under the hood of an old car.
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Terrence Fagan is listed in the records of no less than three cemeteries: South Augusta, Newell’s Corners, and Amos Parker. After driving in circles for half an hour, I turned down a side road that looked more like a driveway and found this sign.
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Amos Parker Cemetery came by its name in the most distinguished way possible.

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The homily along the bottom is past reading, but I could just make out Terrence Fagan’s name. More on the story of his grave in a later post!

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