Provincetown Railroad Wharf, (Macmillan) circa 1873-1877, stereoscopic

G. H. Nickerson, Stereoscopic ‘Cape Cod Views,’ Provincetown Railroad Wharf, circa 1873-1877

Old images of Provincetown are fascinating as much of it’s landscape and landmarks remain intact today but their context was often far different and gives us windows into the daily lives of our ancestors. In many of them the old Town House dominates the town from Pilgrim Heights where the monument now stands. The Town House was the Provincetown town hall until it burnt down in 1877. The railroad wharf was where MacMillan wharf now stands and was constructed in 1873. On a personal note I love that people are fishing in bowler hats!