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Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, USA

"Ithaca, a handsome city, the capital of Tompkins co., N.Y., is nearly 1 mile from the £ or S. end of Cayuga Lake, 37 miles S. of Auburn, 40 miles E.S.E. of Geneva, and about 35 miles N.N.E. of Elmira. Three streams, named Cayuga Inlet, Fall Creek, and Six Mile Creek, here enter the lake. Ithaca is built partly on an alluvial plain, and partly on the slopes of high hills which enclose that # on all sides except the N. and are nearly 600 feet higher than the lake. Few towns in the state enjoy such beautiful and picturesque scenery. The long, deep, and narrow lake is a link in the chain of the inland navigation of the state, and communicates with the Erie Canal. Steam boats ply daily between this place and the village of Cayuga. Ithaca is the S. terminus of the Cayuga Southern Railroad, and is on the Utica, Ithaca & Elmira Railroad, which connects here with the Geneva, Ithaca & Sayre Railroad. Another railroad (a part of the Delaware, LackaWanna & Western Railroad) extends from this place to Qwego. The city contains 14 churches, 2 or 3 national banks, the Ithaca Academy, a free library, several hotels, and printing-offices which issue 1 or 2 daily and 5 weekly newspapers. Here are manufactures of flour, paper, carriages, farming-implements, iron castings, machinery, guns, clocks, type-writers, &c. Ithaca is the seat of Cornell University (non-sectarian), organized in 1868 and endowed with funds amounting to about $2,500,000. It is open to both sexes, and occupies several fine stone edifices situated on an eminence. It has a faculty of about 100 instructors, an attendance of about 1500 students, and a library of 87,000 volumes. Pop. in 1890, 11,079."

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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Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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Ithaca Conservatory of Music
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The Ladies' Home Journal
July 1898

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N. Aurora St., Ithaca, N.Y.

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Interior Lyceum Theatre, 1906

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North Geneva Str. from Corner West Seneca, 1906

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Renwick Park Grounds, 1906

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Cornell University, 1907

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High School, 1907


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Ithaca from Cayuga St. Extension, 1908

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East Hill from South Hill

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State Street

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Colonial Building

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View of Falls Creek from Stewart Avenue Bridge

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First Methodist Church

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Presbyterian Church

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Through the Grove to Sibley College, Cornell University


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Church of Immaculate Conception, 1912

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The New Ithaca Hotel

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Lincoln Hall, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Cornell University

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The New City Hospital, 1919

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Baker Court and Tower Residential Halls, Cornell University

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Odd Fellows Home

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Beautiful Falls & Gorges

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Stewart Park, 1930

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  • News  1869 - Ladies are to be admitted to Cornell University next fall.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869
  • News  1869 - Cornell Gift
    The entire gift of Ezra Cornell to the Cornell University, at Ithaca, N.Y., will amount to about $2,500,000. Ten years ago or so, Ez. could not pay... Read MORE...

  • 1880 - Ice Cream Sundae
    1880: Buffalo, NY; Evanston, IL; Two Rivers, WI; and Ithaca, NY all claim to have invented the ice cream sundae. Wherever it happened, it first... Read MORE...

  • News  1880 - 160 Canary Birds
    Mrs. Ellis, of Ithaca, N.Y., has one hundred and sixty canary birds chirping away in the same room. She says she is low-spirited and keeps them to... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - Fell Through Ice
    At Ithaca, N.Y., on the 12th E. S. Nevins, of Orange, N.J., a student and Maggie Sullivan, a teacher, broke through the ice while skating and were... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - Walking Race
    Joe Snyder, aged eighty years, and Henry Baker, aged seventy-six years, walked a four-mile race at Ithaca, N.Y., on the 19th. Snyder won, making the... Read MORE...

  • News  1906 - SEVEN DIE IN CORNELL FIRE. MRS. FISKE'S BEAUTIFUL CHAPTER MANSION BURNED. THREE FIREMEN VOLUNTEERS CRUSHED UNDER WALLS - STUDENTS ENTRAPPED.
    Ithaca, N. Y., Dec. 7. - Seven persons met death this morning in the worst disaster that ever befell Cornell university. Three of the victims were... Read MORE...

  • News  1913 - ENGINEER, KNOCKED FROM ENGINE, NARROWLY MISSES DEATH UNDER OWN TRAIN.
    Ithaca, Sept. 23. - Knocked from the running board of his engine while the train was running through the Lehigh Valley yards at a rate of about... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Ithaca, a city, the capital of Tompkins co., N.Y., is situated at the head or S. end of Cayuga Lake, 37 miles S. of Auburn, on the Lehigh Valley and... Read MORE...

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