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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In 1903, the area adjacent to New Rochelle’s Glen Island was known as “little Germany.” Notice the PC windmill.

This serious-looking, mounted police force was tasked with protecting the Valhalla aqueduct in 1918.

In 1906, Bronxville’s Village Hall was a one-stop shop for all of the town’s services, housing the post office, village hall, library, and fire department.

Forget the tornado that touched down in Westchester in 2006. The Chappaqua Cyclone of 1904 was way more destructive.

The car, spotted in Yonkers in 1914, boasts 30 miles to the gallon—a pretty good average even by today’s standards.

New Rochelle’s Main Street looked majestic in 1915, cementing its reputation as the “Queen City.”


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