Fantastic picture of a town I've still yet to see here in the Mitten...
But, it begs a question I've wondered for a long time. Were our forebears clairvoyant? How did they know in the 1880's/'90's to make the roads so wide? Driving down Michigan Avenue, I've always wondered that. The roads are wide enough for two lanes and a turn lane... And they are spaced that way from way back. Horses/buggies weren't that wide, so why the extra room?
Just thinking out loud here.
Thanks for sharing!
A lot of towns were settled and laid out with wide roads to allow a horse and buggy to turn around ( U Turn ) without backing up.
I have never seen a photo where the horse & buggies were parallel parked. The streets were wide to accomodate horse & buggies parked at a right angle to the street.
That makes sense. I never really thought of trying to back up a horse and buggy... much less try to park one!
Thanks for the brain jog!