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Old Allegany State Park Pictures

admin building 1928
Administration Building in 1928

I did a talk for the Allegany State Park Historical Society this weekend on the daily life of a naturalist here in Allegany State Park. It is the same program that I have been doing for the many photo-clubs, bird-clubs, etc.. over the past year. Even with the white-out snow conditions . . . . we still had an excellent turnout. Speaking of old park history . . . it has been a while since I have posted any old park pictures.

admin building construction
Building the Administration Building

The Administration Building started construction on the 24th of October 1927 and wasn’t completed until late 1928. I love this construction photo showing all of the local rocks that were used in the construction of the Administration Building.

RH Dam Constuction
Construction of Red House Dam

RH Completed
Red House Dam Completed

Four Corners
View from that area we currently call the Four Corners along RH Lake

Red House Bath House

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26 responses

  1. Cool historical pics Mr. Tom. Hate to bite the hand that feeds me, but the link doesn’t work. Thanks for the recognition though.

    20 January 2008 at 7:48 pm

  2. Wow! You won’t see that kind of stuff in Florida State Parks! We did see some neat CCC built buildings at an Arkansas State Park once. Unfortunately they were going to flood the area and re dam it elsewhere.

    20 January 2008 at 7:55 pm

  3. Totally awesome Tom! You *know* I’m loving this post! I love looking at the rocks they used in the foundation. And I didn’t realize the RH bridge was also the RH lake dam until I saw this photo! I so would like to go to one of your presentations! You totally rock! 😀

    20 January 2008 at 8:03 pm

  4. Must be fun for you to look back on these places you’re so familiar with. Thanks for sharing.

    20 January 2008 at 8:37 pm

  5. Hey Mr. Tom. You have a very successful blog. Any tips?

    20 January 2008 at 10:08 pm

  6. I thought of Pam immediately. The photos are so crisp for being old. Good history here. I’d like to visit ASP even more than I’d like to visit Hawaii. Really.

    20 January 2008 at 11:00 pm

  7. @ Tomek – thanks and I typed in bad code . . . but works now!
    @ misti – this was pre CCC but we do have many CCC buildings here in the park!
    @ Pam – thanks and glad you enjoyed this! This was a fun one and will have to let you know if I am up in your area.
    @ Zen – I have many older photos and I really should post more of them! Thanks
    @ Tomek – for sure visit and build up your post. If you look back at many of my older post . . . you will see that It took time to have so many wonderful friends who visit this site. will help with starting your site!
    @ Mary – I was thinking of Pam when writing this! If I hit the lotto I would be happy to pay for your trip here for a week and then we all can go to Hawaii together for a blogging fieldtrip! Then you can tell me which you like better?? Although, I doubt I will hit the lotto since I never play.

    20 January 2008 at 11:13 pm

  8. Very interesting to see the building without any trees nearby. I looks like they clear cut the land around that area when they were building. It sure looks good now with the trees grown back. Where is the bath house that is in the last picture?

    20 January 2008 at 11:23 pm

  9. That’s the same bathhouse over at Red House Beach!! I like the trees but I would like to see it a little more open! Do note that the cutting of the land was way before the park was established in 1921. Just look at the lake or the other pictures with much more open areas.

    20 January 2008 at 11:41 pm

  10. pwrbrdr

    I am always amazed when I look at old pictures of the natural differences. Old pictures of Bradford show all the hills (mountains) surrounding it as treeless fields. Nature never ceases to amaze me with its ability to rebound.

    21 January 2008 at 5:36 am

  11. winterwoman

    It would be cool to see some before and after pictures… What do some of those scenes look like today, compared to the original photo?

    21 January 2008 at 6:03 am

  12. I thought of Pam too Mary! Wonderful photos documenting the creation of a very special place.

    21 January 2008 at 6:55 am

  13. Michael Head


    I am trying to visualize where the phtogrpher was standing when the four corners picture was taken. I don’t think you could stand in the same spot anymore because of the trees.

    21 January 2008 at 7:54 am

  14. Lisa at Greenbow

    Very nice tour back in time. If there had been a snowflake, let alone a white-out, here you wouldn’t have had anyone to talk to.
    Love seeing all that rock they used. I would love a big pile of that rock. So many things I could do with it…

    21 January 2008 at 8:19 am

  15. Tom


    I enjoyed viewing your historical photos. It is interesting, because I was just looking at the Library of Congress color photographs from the 1930’s and 40’s that are posted on Flickr. Thanks for sharing these.


    21 January 2008 at 9:05 am

  16. @ pwrbrdr – They are great to see for sure and doesn’t take long to see a difference!
    @ Jen – would be hard to do with tree’s in the way now!
    @ Jayne – Very happy to whoever took these!
    @ Mike – Up on the hill! I believe those Scotch Pines were planted by the CCC’s maybe 10 years after this photo was taken!
    @ Lisa – snow isn’t that big of a deal around here! Rocks are great for many reasons and would be fun for sure!
    @ Tom – thanks and only wish they had more nature picture on that photostream!

    21 January 2008 at 9:56 am

  17. It’s so neat to see old photos and how we can preserve them in a digital way. The history behind old photos is so cool, too. Glad you posted these pix, and hope you post more, Tom. Thanks for sharing this with all your blogging buddies.

    21 January 2008 at 12:31 pm

  18. Mon@arch,
    I am such a local history buff. These photos with history attached are so pleasing. Knowing were we have come from informs knowing where we are headed. Thank you for posting them. I’m sure that with all of your knowledge and experience, you are quite an engaging speaker.

    21 January 2008 at 3:07 pm

  19. You should have someone tape one of these talks & post it to YouTube (or here, if it won’t eat up too much bandwidth.) I’m sure everyone would be delighted to see or hear what you had to say!

    21 January 2008 at 3:28 pm

  20. @ Mary – thanks and glad you enjoyed these.
    @ Caroline – I didn’t know you were a history buff! I can hold my own with my talks! Although, I do warn people that they can go get coffee before falling asleep during my talks!
    @ Lana – Maybe when I get my camcorder I could post something but for sure it wouldn’t be on youtube!

    21 January 2008 at 10:34 pm

  21. Grace

    You history buffs would really drool over the park’s collection of glass plate negatives (locked in a vault BTW.)

    21 January 2008 at 11:51 pm

  22. 90 Years Old and those buildings are still standing and beautiful! History is pretty cool and I’m glad you get to share your stories and pictures with lots of people (including us blog readers).
    Thanks Mon@rch!

    22 January 2008 at 8:25 am

  23. I’ve been impressed with the Administration Bldg since you posted a snow scene earlier. I thought it looked more like a resort or upscale hunting lodge. Of course, my concept of state park architecture was formed visiting parks in the south (mostly Texas) as a kid. Most all the buildings in those parks were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression. They were spartan to say the least, and virtually the same at every park.

    23 January 2008 at 12:38 am

  24. BigJeffDog

    Your quite the historian. You walk the walk and talk the talk. Nice to see someone dedicated to nature and you work in the perfect place to do that. See ya round work.

    21 February 2008 at 9:48 pm

  25. dave remington

    Awesome photos, I’m and old Park resident, borm there in 1936..however, i’m looking for a map of the Quaker side showing all the trail about in 1940……

    22 February 2009 at 6:35 pm

  26. I stumbled onto your website while looking for information on the administration building at Allegany State Park. This week, on my blog, I am showcasing photographs that I have taken at the park over the past several years. The subject of tomorrow’s blog post will be the administration building. In that blog I will reference you as my source of information concerning the construction dates of the administration building. I am including your two photographs of the administration building in my blog as well, with proper credit to you of course. Your blog interests me; therefore, I clicked on the subscribe button.

    9 November 2009 at 1:43 pm

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