Local History Photos Of The Week May 25, 2018

Hi everyone, here are the Local History Photos of the week!

(Click on the photos for a larger view)

Photo 1: Train Wreck!

Photo 1 shows a train wreck that occurred in the Corning area in the days of old. When and where the wreck occurred is a mystery – but it is a neat photo!

Photo 2: Centerway Bridge circa 1930s

Our second photo for this week is of the Centerway Bridge years before it became a walking bridge and years before the Brisco Bridge was built to replace it as a regular bridge.

The photographer was standing on the south side of the Chemung River looking toward the north side, or what we locals today refer to as the Northside.

What a cool photo!

Bonus Photos: The Old Corning Hospital Lot – May 25, 2018:

And as a bonus, mostly for those of you who haven’t been in Corning recently, show, in the photos below is the old Corning Hospital site located on Denison Parkway right across from the city hall in Corning.

They’re working on it!

The first two photos were taken from the north side of Denison Parkway.

And that last four photos were taken from the Pearl Street entrance to the lot.

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL


Centerway Walking Bridge Earns National Recognition by Sean Lukasik. Urban Corning Site. October 7, 2014. Accessed May 25, 2018.

Library Local History/Creation Station Resources:

At the library you can scan your photos and slides to create digital family albums and slideshows; and even use one of the Circut machines, and other Creation Station equipment, to help you create a special paper family history album.

Also of note, we have the local paper, at times called the Corning Leader, Corning Journal or Corning Daily Journal, on microfilm from 1840 to the present — so you can visit the library and research local history and your family tree if you wish!


And if you find any old photos or postcards of the Corning area that you don’t know what to do with – you can always donate them to the library!

We’re happy to add photos/postcards of local persons, places or things of the past to our local history collection!

Local History Mystery Photos November 7, 2015

Here’s another batch of local history mystery photos!

If you click on any of the photos you’ll get a larger view.

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Photo 1 is titled “Corning Home” and that title is literally the only description we have on record for this archival photo! So the question is the obvious one where is, or was as the case may be, this house located in Corning?

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Photo 2 is titled “Pine Street Bridge” and is more commonly known today as the Centerway Bridge or the Walking Bridge as one cannot drive a car over the bridge any loner.

Our local history mystery question for this photo is: When was it taken?

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Photo 3: is title “High Street” and features a view of  High Street, in Painted Post, looking eastward. The record for this photo indicates it was taken in 1921.

And our mystery question for this photo is: When was High Street paved?

Also feel free to share any stories you might have about living on High Street!

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Photo 4 is titled “Graduation Picture – CFA;” and shows the graduating class at Corning Free Academy in 1895!

Our obvious mystery question about this photo is: Does anyone know who any of the people in the photo are?

And just an curious aside, I wonder why only three young men graduated from C.F.A. in 1895? Perhaps the other boys were all helping out on family farms?

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And Photo 5 is titled “Grade 3 – School 3;” this photo was taken in 1916.

And our mystery questions for this photo are:

Where was this photo taken?


Does anyone recognize any of the kids in the photo?

And if  you know how many numbered schools there were in the City of Corning let the rest of  us know! I know only of schools, 1, 2 & 3; and I believe the Alternative School for Math and Science is housed, in part, is, I believe, old School ! and School 3, the one I believe we see a part of in the photo is on Chemung Street — but where was School 2?

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

And drop in and checkout the library’s Makerspace and Local History resources!