The Meteor, ca 1906

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  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree on Frisco Rails Across Missouri:
    Here we see Frisco's crack train that ran between St. Louis and Oklahoma City, which he did on November of 1906 calling it "The Flight of the Meteor". We are near Rolla, Missouri and we can see Frisco No. 203, built by Pittsburg Locomotive Works in 1902 barreling up the line to St Louis.
    Backstory on the photographer:
    Around the turn of the last century Springfield had several photographers of note. Andrew Bennett Duncan or A.B. as he was known was one such photographer.
    Born in Canada in 1850 he made his way to St Louis Missouri and where he resided as a photographer. He was hired by the St Louis & San Francisco Railroad ~ aka Frisco to start photographing their line for advertising purposes. He would become their official photographer. By the turn of the century as more and more growth of the Frisco was happening in Springfield, he would relocate here.
    He was hired to photograph Frisco's crack train that ran between St. Louis and Oklahoma City, which he did on November of 1906 calling it "The Flight of the Meteor"
    He also set up shop at 310 -12 St Louis Louis street and later South Street doing local Springfieldians photos. He did extensive photographs of the building of the Frisco West Shops 1907-1909 erecting special poles around the facilities for him the climb high to get the right angle. pretty good for a man pushing 60.
    On Saturday August 30th 1924 he would pass away at the age of 74 at his home at 422 East Cherry Street.

    SLSF #203 on the Meteor near Rolla Mo 1906 AB Duncan.jpg
     
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