Streets & Roads & sidewalks
the 1939 memoirs of elsie pepoon describe early travel
In her memoir about Bunker Hill, Elsie described early travel:
how to maintain a road? start with a span of mules.
This is Ernest Frank road dragging, i.e., an early form of grading the road. Thanks to Brenda Frank, who posted this on Facebook. Photo 1420
in town - dirt streets, board sidewalks
Thank you to Historical Society member Kim Vrtiska for finding this great picture as well as the one below. Note the board sidewalk, the dirt street. This is Luzerne Street, on the south side of the Square. That frame building on the far right was replaced by the brick Argus building in 1894, but the store to its left is still there -- Sochor Electric is in it now.
1890 - ordinance no. 16 -- an ordinance about paying labor & personal tax in the village of table rock, nebraska
This amazing ordinance had some very unusual provisions!!!!! It was published in the October 20, 1890 Argus. It provided that it was to take effect "on and after approval and publication." The surviving Argus editions are spotty in that time period. Did the ordinance go into effect? Don't know.
sECTION 1. ROAD TAX & 75% Of PERSONAL TAX TO BE PAID WITH.....LABOR!
section 2. all who appear get paid $1.50 for 8 hours labor and $1.50 for each span of horses, mules, or oxen used.
The street commissioner was given the duty to notify "all" persons "when and where to work" to pay their "labor tax" and 3/4 of their personal tax, "and with what implements." If they showed up and if they worked 8 hours, they got paid and they got their taxes discharged.
section 3: the street commissioner gets fined if he doesn't keep the streets up as expected!
SECTION 4: ALL ABLE BODIED MEN UNDER AGE 50 COULD BE CALLED OUT IN THE EVENT OF "SUDDEN DAMAGE" OF ANY BRIDGE OR CULVERT
If we only had such laws today -- they might be implemented at a national level!
section 5: able bodied men fined if they (or a substitute) don't appear when summoned
sections 6 & 7: railroads must keep crossings and bridges in good repair, and street commissioner will give them notice as needed
1891 - sidewalks less than 4 foot wide
1891 - Village board says lawful to put down sidewalks less than four feet wide -- at select places
1898 - ordinance 35 -- getting rid of wooden sidewalks
From a clipping that looks back 75 years. Go toward the bottom & look at the description of Ordinance 35.
1898 - ordinance 36, no bicycles on the sidewalk!
october 1898 - peter stevens refused to replace a sidewalk on the ground that it can be repaired and what happened.
Forgot to write down which paper this was from, but it's too good not to share. Earlier in 1898, Table Rock had passed an ordinance that any sidewalk that needed to be replaced had to be replaced with one of brick or comparable material. Wood sidewalks could not be replaced with wood sidewalks. Peter Stevens had a wood sidewalk that was apparently in front of a commercial lot. The lot was on the north end of the lot west of the building occupied by S. G. Wright's store. Where was S. G. Wright's store in 1898? Stevens was ordered to put in a brick one. He said heck no, it can be repaired. He headed for Pawnee City to get the lumber to repair it. Immediately, the street commissioner swung into action, and bystanders jumped in with enthusiasm as well!
1912 - road grader & steam engine at work
October 1912 - streets put in first class condition with a road grader and steam engine.
1915 - halloween celebrants filled streets with all kinds of farm implements
November 1915 - Streets blocked by Halloween celebrants
1920 - prison labor used to build roads
Historical Society member Kim Vrtiska posted this on Facebook. It accompanies an article about prisoners building roads. This is identified as the Table Rock camp in 1920. Note the bunkhouses on wheels, which may be horsedrawn. Photo Photo 471,
1921 - no bicycles allowed on the sidewalks!!!!! Marshal Phillips, "I don't want to arrest anyone, but riding bicycles on the sidewalks must cease!"
1941 -- highway coming in from the east
BUILDING THE PRESENT HIGHWAY BRIDGE OVER THE NEMAHA
Above is Photo 3028, the present bridge over the Nemaha being built, shared by Steve Russell of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He sent it to us in October 2016 with this note:
Below, Photo 2343, Photo by Arvid Blecha.
1948 - the road to rio, ha ha! Now that's infrastructure
at the table rock theater
Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope.
1951 - joe morse falls on a sidewalk
Joe Morse falls on the sidewalk in front of the W. F. Stehlik home, breaks his nose!
1954 - envisioning a hard-surfaced highway to lincoln. Oh my!
1957 - streets to get gravel & rock
June 1957 - Streets to get gravel and rock! It should put them in good condition "again." Councilmen Layden and Mertes mentioned.