Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Charlotte Street, St. Augustine, Florida, with donkey and cart at left, 1886

(Photo: George Barker)

The view shows a part of Charlotte Street in the old Spanish quarter of the picturesque town, and was made in 1886, “just before the work of improving out of existence all the old landmarks of the ancient city was commenced,” as Mr. Baker wrote. “The houses seen in the picture are old, built of the natural coquina (a shell conglomerate), formerly quarried out of blocks, like stone, on Anastasia Island opposite the city. At the present time an artificial coquina is made from shells and cement, and is much used for building purposes.”


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