First Brick Rural Road in United States

First Brick Rural Road in United States (HMFPK)

Location: Parma Heights, OH 44130 Cuyahoga County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 23.503', W 81° 45.598'

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Olde York Road

Side A:
In the late nineteenth century, a movement to improve inadequate plank and dirt roads was brought on by the popularity of bicycling, the introduction of the automobile, and the need to improve travel to and from rural areas. Ohio, as a leader in the manufacture of brick paving blocks, was quick to upgrade roads. Toll roads were waning in popularity and the need for free roads was recognized. An act passed in 1892 authorized Cuyahoga County to levy a road tax. With funds levied, the Commissioners selected the Wooster Pike as one of three road improvement projects.

Side B:
The first brick surface pavement on a rural road was laid along the Wooster Pike, a former stagecoach route from Cleveland to Wooster. Construction for the four miles of brick pavement began in the fall of 1893, and it was completed in 1896. The road began at what is now Olde York Road in Parma Heights and ended in the Village of Albion, Ohio. The York Street Tollgate for the Brooklyn and Parma Wooden Plan Toll Road Company (1876-1907) was located northeast of the beginning point along the Wooster Pike.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number49-18_MARKER
Year Placed2003
Placed ByOhio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Society for Industrial Archeology Northern Ohio Chapter, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 436465 N 4582521
Decimal Degrees41.39171667, -81.75996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.503', W 81° 45.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 30.18" N, 81° 45' 35.88" W
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Area Code(s)440, 216
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6229 Pearl Rd, Parma Heights OH 44130, US
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