Where were those pictures taken.
The first five pictures look like the road across the sand dunes between El Centro Ca and Yuma Az. They laid the planks on the sand and when the sand drifted over the planks they would pull them out and lay on top again. We have a piece of the plank in the Auto Museum in San Diego. I would like to invite you to attend the National Tour in San Diego this July. You can then see for yourself the plank.
The modern highway is no longer made of planks, but you can sometimes see some of the planks from Interstate 8 around Gordon's well.
I had never seen any money like that from La Port, Indiana. Didn't see any dates or what it was for?
These were from a variety of areas as this seems to have been a commonly available early answer making a passable if temporary road over any surface unsavory to cars.
I found several examples of various plank road notes but at this point do not know the history of them. Anyone know?
Richard. I believe I see the date of 1857 in script just above the lowest signature about 1/4 of the way in from the right end. If the road was made of unhewn logs as they often were on the frontier, it was called a corduroy road. Jim Patrick
We've discussed the topic before:
La Port, In. is in the northwest corner of Indiana about where the sand dunes are. That must be where they got the company name.
Grand Rapids, 1905
Another note from the same company
They made a few on the western front as these Australian men are doing near Polygon Wood.
Here in the Salt Lake Valley; we have a road called: Redwood Road. it Is still called Redwood Road SR-68. I don't believe it was real redwood, because we don't have any redwood trees around. I don't know were the road was timbered, but I believe it was of the corduroy configuration and maybe in the South and West Jordan area, were they have a lot of sticky mud. The road was for sugar beet wagons, it is presumed. This area is all houses now, but in the old days they raised sugar beets to produce sugar.
Well, here is the story on the notes.....very interesting slice of history.
Lived in Indiana most of my life and never heard of that company. It also has Plymouth, In. written on it. Where did u find those notes?
There have been several for sale on Ebay.
Check out this site for obsolete currency.
Getting more O.T here but interesting Pre automobile (1856) historical road map of Indiana, zoomable.