1947-48 Blizzard Photos from LaFayette Rd. LaFayette, NY

My Dad has some really cool old photos of blizzards in LaFayette where I grew up, and he wrote some words around some of these photos.  As I’ve been busy with other things today, I decided to add what he wrote about the winter of 1947-48.

Written by my Dad, January 2006
Date: Winter, Jan-Feb 1947 or 1948 Location: LaFayette Rd., LaFayette, NY

This first photo was taken about 6:30 PM. This snow was the result of a blizzard and LaFayette Rd. had been unusable for about three days. It was an area-wide storm and the total of Onondaga County was “shoveling” out. Earlier in the afternoon I had ventured out of the house, down to the road to see if the County was able to plow yet. Indeed, about 1.5 or 2.0 miles north on LaFayette Rd. I could faintly hear and see the twin plumes of the “Sno-Go” as it chopped, augured and blew the offending snow into the fields. It took three to four hours to cover this 1.5 to 2.0 miles. The County of Onondaga was exceptional at keeping the roads clear to aide the dairy farmers in getting their milk to the creamery in Onatavia. Onatavia is about 3/4 mile east, as the “crow files,” of the cross-roads of Routes 11 and 20 at LaFayette, NY. Snow-f1

I informed my father they were working at about Crow’s Farm, where I had first heard and seen the clearing effort. Included here are four photos as the “Sno-Go” approached in the dark. My father had asked my Mom to prepare a supper for the drivers. In the second photo you will see the machine at rest just after they had eaten – note the meal basket on the snow. A tremendous machine this Walter Sno Fighter with the augers and blowers in front and the power to drive the augers and blowers coming from the engine mounted in back of the cab. Snow-f2

The next photo is a shot from the back while drivers were finishing their meal. Snow-f3

The next photo is the machine and men back to work. In this photo I am able to make out the two plumes of snow being blown to the east side of LaFayette Rd.

Snow-f4

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Dec 11, 2006 @ 22:26:47

    Those pics are unbelievable! Will have to show them to my husband when for when he whines about the bit of snow we get here.

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  2. Susan Gets Native
    Dec 11, 2006 @ 23:22:02

    Remind me not to moan about it the next time we get an inch of snow.

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  3. Pam
    Dec 12, 2006 @ 09:40:06

    Laura – LaFayette is a snow band and gets hit with snow, but being that’s it’s very hilly, it also gets wind and blowing snow is the worst. However, I loved it because I love all winter sports – downhill skiing the best, and there were lots of ski slopes nearby.
    Susan – actually I’d rather not have an inch of snow because it seems to be accompanied with ice – to me it causes more problems than a little more snow – but not as much as above.

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  4. Sandy
    Dec 12, 2006 @ 17:34:54

    That is a road! I guess I won’t complain anymore about our snow.

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  5. mon@rch
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 16:52:46

    I can’t believe these pictures! How amazing! Guess I am not feeling that bad about these few flakes we got last night!

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  6. Pam
    Dec 27, 2006 @ 18:50:35

    Mon@rch – yeah, that’s the kind of snow I grew up with and *still* my Dad would make me wait until January 1st to start skiing. I used to ski down the hill in our yard while he was at work, though, because I couldn’t wait! We could see Song Mtn. in Tully from our house which is where we used to go skiing. I have another story to post sometime of one of the blizzards in my time – showing more amazing snow removal equipment.

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