Dedicated October 31, 1913, but mostly paved later.
Those old brick roads really stand up. Much better than many modern roads. Mr. Joy of Packard and his friends did a good job.
Can you imagine how labor intensive it must have been to build a brick road?
Some Kansas towns still have a lot of their old brick streets. In the days when labor was less costly, Arkansas City had a three-man crew who spent the summer repairing streets that had become uneven. If a street needed it, they could take up and relay a block in a week. Unfortunately, in the sixties some of the streets were covered with asphalt to save labor. Of course the asphalt goes to pieces and has to be repaired, while the uncovered brick streets go on and on for 100 years and more.
The historic district of Punta Gorda (Fla.) still has a few brick streets left.
Not so hard today. The Europeans have these http://inhabitat.com/amazing-brick-machine-rolls-out-roads-like-carpet/
My Grandfather told of them laying route 1 in Illinois. An Indian did all the brick laying and he said it took six men to carry bricks to him. G-dad said he could lay a mile /day. hard to believe,cause that is a lot of bricks!
Love it. Bet that T really sings on that road. Speaking of old time paving I remember the machine shop area of the NYC bus garage in East New York had tree limb stubs glued to the floor. About 4 to 5" in diameter and roughly 2" thick the entire walking area was paved with them. I guess to prevent damage if something was dropped. No bark but you could see the rings clearly. Don't know if it's still there, (1970's) but 2 senior guys had the job of replacing any split ones and re-gluing loose ones.
Steve gave me a tour of the brick streets in Arkansas City. Really coowal
I spent most of my engineering career at Pratt & Whitney. They covered the floors in their shop areas with wood blocks with the end grain up. The objective, in addition to softening the floor, was to capture any bits of metal or other trash in the blocks, rather than have it move around and possibly end up inside an engine later. You could always tell when a VIP was coming for a visit because the blocks would get a fresh coat of paint a few days before.
i learned to roller skate on brick streets, really tough but that's mainly because my older brother told me i couldn't use the sidewalk.LOL
Sure wish we could get our little private street paved in bricks.
Their taking up the bricks and laying concrete in Pratt, Ks