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What Newport News, VA, looked like at the turn of the 20th Century

Newport News is an independent city in Virginia. It is located on Hampton Roads’ harbor on the north shore of the James River on the southwestern end of the Virginia Peninsula. It extends southeast of Skiffe’s Creek along many miles of waterfront to the river’s mouth at Newport News Point.

Newport News was a part of Warwick County, one of the eight original shires of Virginia established by King Charles I in 1634 by order of the House of Burgesses in the British Colony of Virginia. In the county’s early days, most of the land was farms and undeveloped.

At the turn of the 20th Century, leaders of the community and shipyard were virtually interchangeable. Walter A. Post was the first mayor of the newly incorporated city, elected in 1898 after being initially appointed by the legislature. He had come to the area as one of the builders of the C&O Railway’s terminals. In 1911, he became president of the shipyard, serving until his death on Feb. 12, 1912.

These fascinating vintage photos will take you back to the 1900s Newport News.

#1 Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, 1900

Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company shipyard, 1900

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#2 Park and dock, Newport News, 1900

Park and dock, Newport News, 1900

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#3 Custom house and post office, Newport News, 1903

Custom house and post office, Newport News, 1903

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#4 Custom house and post office, Newport News, 1903

Custom house and post office, Newport News, 1903

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#5 Hotel Warwick, Newport, Virginia, 1904

Hotel Warwick, Newport, Virginia, 1904

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#6 C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) station and terminal, Newport, Virginia, 1904

C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) station and terminal, Newport, Virginia, 1904

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#7 C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) station and terminal, Newport, Virginia, 1904

C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) station and terminal, Newport, Virginia, 1904

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#8 Newport News, West Ave. residences, 1905

Newport News, West Ave. residences, 1905

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#9 Newport News Ship Building Co.’s yards, 1909

Newport News Ship Building Co.'s yards, 1909

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#10 Newport News dry docks, 1907

Newport News dry docks, 1907

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#11 Newport News chain gang, 1901

Newport News chain gang, 1901

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#12 Down on the farm, 1901

Down on the farm, 1901

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#13 Warwick Casino, Newport News, 1902

Warwick Casino, Newport News, 1902

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#14 Hampton Roads from the Warwick Hotel, Newport News, 1902

Hampton Roads from the Warwick Hotel, Newport News, 1902

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#15 Warwick Casino, Newport News, 1902

Warwick Casino, Newport News, 1902

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#16 General view of the shipyard, Newport News, 1902

General view of the shipyard, Newport News, 1902

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#17 Government building, Newport News, 1902

Government building, Newport News, 1902

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#18 C. & O. piers, Newport News, 1905

C. & O. piers, Newport News, 1905

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#19 The Great dry dock, Newport News, 1905

The Great dry dock, Newport News, 1905

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#20 Pay day at the shipyard, Newport News, 1905

Pay day at the shipyard, Newport News, 1905

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#21 C. & O. terminal elevators, Newport News, 1905

C. & O. terminal elevators, Newport News, 1905

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#22 Noon hour at the shipyard, Newport News, 1905

Noon hour at the shipyard, Newport News, 1905

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#23 Washington Avenue, Newport News, 1905

Washington Avenue, Newport News, 1905

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#24 Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company yards, Newport News, 1903

Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company yards, Newport News, 1903

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#25 Water front, Newport News, 1902

Water front, Newport News, 1902

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#26 Along the slips, Newport, Virginia, 1904

Along the slips, Newport, Virginia, 1904

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#27 Washington Avenue, Newport News, 1905

Washington Avenue, Newport News, 1905

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#28 Government building and Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1905

Government building and Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1905

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#29 C. & O. terminal piers, Newport News, 1905

C. & O. terminal piers, Newport News, 1905

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#30 Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Station at Newport News, Virginia, 1905

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Station at Newport News, Virginia, 1905

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#31 Casino park and Newport News Academy, Newport News, 1905

Casino park and Newport News Academy, Newport News, 1905

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#32 Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1906

Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1906

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#33 Washington Avenue, Newport News, 1906

Washington Avenue, Newport News, 1906

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#34 Twenty-eighth St., Newport News, 1906

Twenty-eighth St., Newport News, 1906

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#35 Hampton Roads from Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1907

Hampton Roads from Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1907

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#36 Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1907

Hotel Warwick, Newport News, 1907

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#37 C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) piers, Newport News, 1907

C. & O. (Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company) piers, Newport News, 1907

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