peerintothepast:

Dr. Charles Campbell and a “municipal bat-roost” in San Antonio, #Texas (“for one of man’s best friends”), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S.  Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 1914

peerintothepast:

Dr. Charles Campbell and a “municipal bat-roost” in San Antonio, #Texas (“for one of man’s best friends”), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S.
Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 1914

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Iron mills at night, Pittsburgh, Pa. 1900-1915 (via)

thepittsburghhistoryjournal:

Iron mills at night, Pittsburgh, Pa. 1900-1915 (via)

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West View Park, Pittsburgh, 1914 [Orchard Lake’s Flickr]

My parents told me about they used to go to West View Park when they were young. The park closed in 1977 (before I was even born) but I still got really upset about this when I was a kid, to know that there used to be an amusement park one could get to without having a car — West View was at the end of one of the trolley lines. I still really wanted to go there because I assumed for a long time that it had just been closed down, abandoned, and overgrown, but actually they built a strip mall there instead, with a rollercoaster track for its logo.

thepittsburghhistoryjournal:

West View Park, Pittsburgh, 1914 [Orchard Lake’s Flickr]

My parents told me about they used to go to West View Park when they were young. The park closed in 1977 (before I was even born) but I still got really upset about this when I was a kid, to know that there used to be an amusement park one could get to without having a car — West View was at the end of one of the trolley lines. I still really wanted to go there because I assumed for a long time that it had just been closed down, abandoned, and overgrown, but actually they built a strip mall there instead, with a rollercoaster track for its logo.