Westchester–A Pictorial History

The New Year traditionally brings with it anticipation and excitement for the future. We’re all wondering, as you no doubt are, what’s in store for 2010. But this time of year also makes us reflect on our past, so we thought it would be appropriate to take a few moments (er, pages) to look back. Whether you’re a third-generation Westchesterite or a recent transplant, knowing Westchester’s history can help place what’s to come in proper context—plus, it’s fun.



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When the Kensico Dam was still under construction in 1914, the scene resembled the building of the pyramids in Eygpt (with fewer slaves).

Though Main Street had shoppers, the residential part of White Plains of 1912 was hardly, how shall we put it, “Ritz”-like.

This is what “waterfront views” meant to the residents of Yonkers and Mount Vernon in 1913.

Ardsley residents gather to look at the aftermath of the “Great Fire” of 1914.

In Yonkers, men and many women all donned their hats and crowded around to see President Theodore Roosevelt speak in 1910.

On Mount Kisco’s Main Street looking east toward the railroad tracks in 1910.