Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the corner of West Franklin Street and Grand Central Avenue in Horseheads, NY, circa 1900. The first white settlers began arriving in the area soon after the American Revolution and the town was officially formed in 1835. Horseheads’ unique name came from an interesting Revolutionary War era anecdote. The area still looks very similar today.
One of Horseheads most famous residents was Eugene Zimmerman. Zimmerman, or Zim as he was known, is considered one of America’s greatest cartoonists. In 1886, Zim and his wife Mabel moved to Horseheads and lived there the rest of their lives. Today, the artist’s former residences is preserved as “Zim House”, where travelers can view many of Zimmerman’s papers, sketches, and correspondence.
Image Credit: Chemung County Historical Society