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Stuben before the construction of the Arlberg railroad

The village still looks today as if it had only been established to serve those travelling on this road, as the last stop in the valley before encountering the inhospitality of the mountain. Its few houses are built snugly against the slope, with front doors, bay windows, and arched hallways serving as testimony to their age [...].
Julius Mayr, 1896

The photograph is dated July 5, 1879 and was taken by the Bregenz photographer Theodor Immler while on a journey through the area. As one of the oldest photographs of the village, it shows Stuben am Arlberg as it looked before the construction of the Arlberg Railway and Flexenpass.