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Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, USA

"Burlington, the most populous city of Vermont, and the capital of Chittenden co., is finely situated on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, about 1 mile W. of the Winooski River, 40 miles W.N.W. of Montpelier, and 80 miles by water N. of Whitehall. Lat. 44°29' N.; lon. 73° 15' W, It is a port of entry, and is on the Vermont Central Rail. road, which connects it with Rutland, Montpelier, and Ogdensburg, N.Y. It is surrounded with beautiful scenery, and is partly built on an eminence which is nearly 300 feet higher than the lake and commands magnificent views of the Adirondack Mountains and the intervening wide expanse of water. The part of the city next to the lake is but little elevated above its surface. Near the middle of the city is a public square, around which are located the handsome court-house, post-office, and principal hotels. It has a good harbor, which is protected by a breakwater constructed by the government of the United States. Here is a light-house, on Juniper Island. Burlington contains & national banks, 10 churches, the Vermont Episcopal Institute, a custom-house, and printing-offices which issue 1 daily and 4 weekly newspapers. It is the seat of the State Agricultural College, founded in 1865, and of the University of Vermont, which was founded about 1800, is not under the control of any sect, and is open to both sexes. It occupies 4, spacious buildings, standing on a pleasant site, which is about 280 feet higher than the lake. A medical college is connected with the university. Burlington has a free library of 12,000 volumes, and a large hospital, which was founded by Miss Mary Fletcher and cost $175,000. It is the see of a Catholic bishop and of a Protestant Episcopal bishop. It has an orphan asylum, 2 savings-banks, several machine-shops, large planing-mills, and manufactures of cotton, flour, carriages, furniture, lumber, steam fire-engine, cigars, spools, blinds and doors, mantels, and stoneware, This is one of the largest lumber markets in the United States, Burlington was founded in 1783, and incorporated as a city in 1864. Pop. in 1880, 11,365; in 1890, 14,590."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott


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Battery Park, Burlington, Vt. with Lake Champlain at Left

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University Place. Burlington, VT.

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St. Mary's Cathedral, Burlington, Vt.

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Ethan Allen Tower. Burlington, VT.

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Main Street, looking East

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Sunset on Lake Champlain from Battery Park

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Van Ness House


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City Hall Park, 1906

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First Congregational Church

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Mary Fletcher Carnegie Library

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Grand Union Tea Company, 1909

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City Hall

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Campus, University of Vermont

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Church Street North from Bank

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Interior, Union Station, 1922


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Mary Fletcher Hospital

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Burlington High School

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St. Paul's Church


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  • 1763 - Burlington, Vermont founded
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  • News  1831 - Counterfeit Notes
    The Burlington, (Vermont,) Sentinel cautions the public against counterfeit 100 dollar notes of the Bank of the United States, payable at the office... Read MORE...

  • January 25, 1837 - At 7 PM a display of the Northern Lights danced above Burlington, VT.
    Its light was equal to the full moon. Snow and other objects reflecting the light were deeply tinged with a blood red hue. Blue, yellow and white... Read MORE...

  • 1846 - First steam-heated factory was the Burlington Woolen Company in 1846.
    www.ereferencedesk.com/ resources/ state-facts/ vermont.html
  • 1849 Burlington
    Chittenden Co. This is the chief town in the county. It is delightfully situated upon the tongue of land formed by the confluence of the Winooski... Read MORE...

  • News  1852 - Fire at Burlington, Vt.
    BURLINGTON, Monday, Oct. 25. A fire broke out here at 12 o'clock last night, destroying Weaver's clothing store, Barrow's dry goods store, Stephens & ... Read MORE...

  • News  1854 - Fire at Burlington
    Boston, Tuesday, Jan.3.

    The Steam Saw Mill, Machine Shop, and Iron Foundry owned by Henry Symonds, at Burlington, Vt., was yesterday morning... Read MORE...

  • News  1858 - Ethan Allen's Remains
    There has been considerable excitement in Burlington, Vermont, for a few days past, on the subject of the removal of the remains of Gen. Ethan Allen. ... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    BURLINGTON, the cap. of Chittenden co., in the state of Vermont, U.S.; 40 m. NW of Montpelier; 80 m. SSE of Montreal; 82 m. SE of Plattsburg; in N... Read MORE...

  • News  1867 Railroad Accident in Vermont-Train Intentionally Thrown front the Track.
    BURLINGTON, Vt., Friday, Aug. 2. The 10 P.M. express train of the Rutland and Burlington Railroad was thrown down an embankment and badly smashed up... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - The city of Burlington, Vermont, has about doubled its population in eight years, and is now claimed to be the third lumber market in the United States.
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    Cincinnati Daily Enquirer
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    June 29, 1868
  • News  1868 - Making Shoe Pegs
    The largest manufactory of shoe pegs in this country is said to be at Burlington, Vermont, where one factory is accustomed to transform every day... Read MORE...

  • 1869 - December 27 - A post Christmas storm in New York and Vermont produced record storm totals of 30 inches at Burlington, VT, and 39 inches at Montpelier VT. A public emergency was declared in Vermont.
    WeatherForYou.com
  • News  1882 - WORK OF A SEVERE GALE.
    BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 27. - At 7 o'clock this morning this city was visited by the severest gale for many years, doing great damage to property. One... Read MORE...

  • News  1895 - LOSSES BY FIRE.
    Burlington, Vt., March 19. - Booth's planing mill and shops, the Baldwin Refrigerator Company's factory, the Vermont Shade Roller factory, and all... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - LOSSES BY FIRE.
    BURLINGTON, Vt., April 16. - Fire to-day caused a loss of $20,000 to Spaulding, Kimball & Co.'s wholesale grocery and destroyed a warehouse of the... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - First person to cross the entire United States by automobile was Dr. H. Nelson Jackson, a Burlington physician, who traveled from San Francisco to New York City in 1903.
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  • 1916
    Burlington, a port of entry, the most populous city of Vermont, and the capital of Chittenden co., is finely situated on the eastern shore of Lake... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - NEWS OF STATE What Is Going On in and About Old Vermont FACTORY DAMAGED BY FIRE Estimated Loss Not Yet Known
    The Burlington fire department responded Saturday morning to an alarm from box 56, at the junction of South Union and Howard st., sent in because of... Read MORE...

  • News  1944 - August 11 - The temperature at Burlington, VT, soared to an all-time record high of 101 degrees.
    The Weather Channel
    August 11, 1944
  • 1954 - September 26 - WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting
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  • 1978 - First Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream store opened in Burlington.
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