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15 brick streets

Cushing St.
Cushing St., South Bend, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Brick Lincoln Highway
Old US 33 (Lincoln Highway) near Ligonier, IN; Canon PowerShot S95
Old brick road
Unnamed street, former State Road 46, Terre Haute, IN; Nikon F2, 50mm f/2 Nikkor AI, Fujicolor 200
Old brick road
Bob Gay Parkway, Martinsville, IN; Apple iPhone 5
Brick Route 66
Snell Rd., former Route 66, near Auburn, IL; Canon PowerShot S95
Brick New Ross Road
New Ross Rd., former Dixie Highway, near New Ross, IN; Canon PowerShot S95
Brick Rd.
Brick Rd., former US 40/National Road, near Norwich, OH
Brick segment of old US 40/NR
Fairdale Dr., former US 40/National Road, near Cambridge, OH
Peacock Road
Peacock Rd., former US 40/National Road, near Old Washington, OH
Brick road leading to the Blaine S Bridge
Abandoned Old US 40/National Road, Blaine, OH; Canon PowerShot S95
Main Street, South Bend
Main St., South Bend, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Brick segments of old US 50
Abandoned Old US 50, in Illinois across the Wabash River from Vincennes, IN; Kodak EasyShare Z730
Brick street
5th St., Sheridan, IN; Yashica-12, Kodak Tri-X (x-6/1981) @EI 200, L110 Dilution B
On the brick street 2
Main St., Zionsville, IN; Reto Ultra Wide and Slim, Kroger 200 (expired)
Brick streets of Bloomington
Park Ave., Bloomington, IN; Pentax K10D, smc PENTAX-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL

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14 thoughts on “15 brick streets

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    An amazing amount of brick roads left in your “weather zone”. Have to say, the rain / snow / freeze / thaw cycle eliminated the brick roads around me multiple decades ago. I always thought it was interesting to run into them when I lived in Indiana.

    • Interesting – South Bend’s weather is heavy with rain/snow/freeze/thaw and their brick streets are in remarkable shape. I wonder what kind of brick SB used compared to where you are or whether there is some other factor that made those bricks survive so well. The photo of Cushing St. above is a typical SB brick street scene.

      • Andy Umbo says:

        Milwaukee is known as the “Cream City”,not for the dairy reference, but for the fact that a lot of the buildings are built with “cream colored” brick as opposed to red brick, a standard of the brick trade around here. While, when well made, cream colored bricks can be strong, they are also far more porous than red brick, which when used horizontally may have made them more subseptible to retaining water, and then freezing and cracking. The cream bricks are certainly more prone to getting dirty and staining, and remember back in highschool and collge, the stories in the paper about finding some way to clean them without causing erosion and failure, like sand-blasting would do. Anyone interested:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cream_City_brick

        • Oh how interesting. I didn’t know about the cream brick. Here in Indiana we have a lot of clay and a lot of our paver bricks were made here. The pavers were tempered somehow so that they were less susceptible to moisture and freeze/thaw cycles.

  2. Hi Jim, The last time I saw a brick road or street was over 25 years ago. Back Street in Kingstown, St. Vincent (where I was born), is a brick street dating back to colonial times.

    • If you search, you’ll find some brick and cobblestone streets/roads left over in New Jersey. Jersey City famously has a few 19th-century cobblestone streets left. I gather that there are a few brick streets in Trenton and Newark.

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