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A tobacco field in downtown Richmond, when was this pic taken?

Tobacco is a major crop in Massachusetts and Connecticut , most people don’t associate it with New England but Tobacco farms dominate in the Pioneer Valley along the Ct River.

The monument was dedicated in 1890 so I suspect the image is early twentieth century. Keep in mind that when the monument was dedicated the area was undeveloped. The overall idea of monument avenue was, in part, to fuel real estate development in this particular section of the city.

Yep. In fact, the Jefferson Davis monument just west of Lee was intended to mark the terminus of Monument Avenue, which is why Davis has that eastern orientation. But development of the street went right on westward another four miles or so.

Monument Avenue inspires the question: how big would the statues have been if they’d won?

This photo is surreal. At first I suspected a Photoshop composite. I drive by this statue everyday on my way to work and cannot imagine it ever looked like this.

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