Solving little mysteries in local history

Who first said “a photo is worth a thousand words”? I doubt the phrase emerged in the caveman era — then it would have been “one stone scratching is worth three grunts and a whistle.”

Serious wordsmiths say the phrase came into usage with slight variation in the early 1800s.

A photo can help us visualize how something long gone functioned; how someone dressed; what an interesting event looked like; where a road once went.

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Where is Tramp Rock located in Canaan?

I understand that some of you have had a hard time finding the location of Tramp Rock in Canaan. Sorry I hadn't heard about this search earlier as I could have told you in an instant. I grew up in Canaan beginning in 1929 and in 1935, my family and I moved in to a house on Barlow Street. This house was located very near to the old Central New England Railway's freight yard west of town and Tramp Rock was located a short distance from a former railroad bridge that crossed the Blackberry River at the west end of the yard. I personally visited Tramp Rock several times in the late 1930's and early 1940's. In Jan., 1919 the last through freight train between Maybrook, NY and Hartford, CT via Canaan was discontinued and use of Tramp Rock by hobos dwindled very rapidly after that. Now anyone interested in the location of Stony Lonesome east of Canaan?

Leroy Beaujon
Morgan Hill, CA