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Major American cities in their earliest photos

Imagine New York City’s Upper West Side without the diners, the yellow cabs or the hustle and bustle. Or perhaps Las Vegas without the multi-storied casinos. Once upon a time each U.S. city was still developing and Business Insider ran down a list of 12 cities across the country that show them at their earliest form. From horse-drawn buggies of Los Angeles’ Spring Street to the dirt streets of downtown Denver, these photos will have you imagining life as an American pioneer—and grateful for all the conveniences we now have in the 21st Century!

Via Business Insider

Denver’s Blake Street in 1866, Denver, CO.
Denver’s Blake Street in 1866, Denver, CO.
A view of 8th and Market streets, downtown Philadelphia, PA.
A view of 8th and Market streets, downtown Philadelphia, PA.
Old Fort Dallas and the Seminole Club hotel in Miami, FL.
Old Fort Dallas and the Seminole Club hotel in Miami, FL.
A home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY in a daguerreotype from 1848.
A home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY in a daguerreotype from 1848.

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