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Newport in Orleans County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Early 20th Century, Newport / Newport au début du 20e siècle

 
 
Early 20th Century, Newport / Newport au début du 20e siècle Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
1. Early 20th Century, Newport / Newport au début du 20e siècle Marker
Inscription.

Newport had reached its pinnacle of success at the dawn of the 20th century, when three of Newport's most impressive civic buildings were constructed[;] the Goodrich Memorial Library, the Orleans County Courthouse and the Federal Building. These buildings symbolized the city's prominent position regionally and in Vermont. The Goodrich Memorial Library opened on September 1, 1899 with an inventory of 6,500 books and had both electricity and running water. The Orleans County Courthouse was constructed in 1886 and was constructed of all local materials. The Federal Building, c.1904, housed federal offices, the U.S. Post Office, and the federal courthouse. All three buildings remain standing and are largely unchanged.

Perhaps the greatest impact on Newport in the early 1900's was the invention of the automobile and its rising popularity. Buildings adapted to the new invention, and hotels began converting their liveries and stables into automobile garages. Main Street itself was spruced up in 1917 when the dirt road was paved to better handle the new form of transportation. By 1930, over 4,000 motor vehicles traveled Main Street each day during the summer months as Newport remained a popular resort destination.

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• Federal Courthouse and Post Office circa July 1, 1903

• Orleans

Federal Building and Orleans County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
2. Federal Building and Orleans County Courthouse
County Courthouse circa 1900's

• Goodrich Memorial Library c. 1900's

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C'est au début du 20e siècle que Newport a atteint le sommet de son succès lorsque trois de ses plus impressionnants édifices civiques ont été construits; soit la Bibliothèque Goodrich Memorial, le Palais de Justice du Comté d'Orléans et l'Édifice Fédéral. Ces édifices ont symbolisé l'importance de la position de la ville au niveau régional et au Vermont. La Bibliothèque Goodrich Memorial a ouvert ses portes le 1er septembre 1899 avec un inventaire de 6,500 volumes. Ce bâtiment était doté d'électricité et d'eau courante. Le Palais de Justice du Comté d'Orléans a été construit en 1886 avec des matériaux provenant tous de la région immédiate. L'Édifice Fédéral, construit vers 1904, abritait les bureaux fédéraux, le Bureau de Poste des États Unis, ainsi que le Palais de Justice Fédéral. Ces trois édifices sont toujours en place et n'ont subi que peu de changements.

Sans aucun doute, le plus grand chambardement que Newport ait subi au début des années 1900, a été l'invention de l'automobile et sa popularité croissante. Les bâtiments se sont adaptés à cette nouvelle invention et les hôtels ont converti leurs écuries et leurs étables en garages pour automobilies.

Goodrich Memorial Library image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
3. Goodrich Memorial Library
En 1917, la rue Principale a été refaite lorsque le chemin de terre a été pavé pour mieux s'adapter au nouveau mode de transport. En 1930, plus de 4,000 véhicules utilisaient la rue Principale chaque jour durant les mois d'été, alors que Newport continuait à être une destination de vacances populaire.

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• Le Palais de Justice et le Bureau de Poste circa July 1, 1903

• (Le Palais de Justice du Compté d'Orléans)

• (La Bibliothèque Goodrich Memorial) c. 1900's
 
Erected by Memphremagog Historical Society. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 44° 56.133′ N, 72° 12.622′ W. Marker is in Newport, Vermont, in Orleans County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 5) and Field Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport VT 05855, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newport's Fire Fighters / Les Pompiers de Newport (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northern Forest Canoe Trail (about 700 feet away); The Lane Opera House / Le « Lane Opera House » (about 700 feet away); Early 19th Century Newport / Newport au dèbut du 19e siècle

Goodrich Memorial Library Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
4. Goodrich Memorial Library Entrance
(about 800 feet away); Newport's Hotels and Tourism / Les Hotels de Newport et le Tourisme (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tour Boats on the Lake / Les Bateaux de Randonnée sur le Lac (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pomerleau Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Arrival of the Railroad / L'Arrivée du Chemin de Fer (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historical Walking Tour of Newport, Vt. Brochure. (Submitted on August 31, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. U.S. Courthouse, Post Office and Customs House National Register Nomination. (Submitted on August 31, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Orleans County Courthouse and Jail Complex National Register Nomination. (Submitted on August 31, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Goodrich Memorial Library National Register Nomination. (Submitted on August 31, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Goodrich Memorial Library NRHP Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 12, 2018
5. Goodrich Memorial Library NRHP Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 31, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
 
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