15 brick streets

14 comments on 15 brick streets
1 minute
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

Get more of my photography in your inbox or reader! Click here to subscribe.


14 responses to “15 brick streets”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    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.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      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.

      1. Andy Umbo Avatar
        Andy Umbo

        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:


        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          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. Khürt Williams Avatar

    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.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      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.

  3. Kurt Ingham Avatar

    Great stuff! In Rome (Italy)my wife was amazed by young women in spike heels navigating cobblestone streets without hesitation

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s amazing! I’m sure that with enough practice people can do nearly anything.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh cool! It would be interesting to know the story of how those bricks never got paved over.

      1. TR Avatar

        It has its own Wikipedia page with a little bit of info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterson_Avenue_Hill . It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Thanks for the link! I didn’t realize that the angled placement would provide better wet traction. That must be why my hometown of South Bend laid their brick streets that way. Those are the rumbliest brick streets I’ve ever driven on, probably because of that arrangement.

  4. Don Pampel Avatar
    Don Pampel

    Fowler In. Has a 5-6 block brick street. Several old homes along it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Nice. The old brick streets do lurk here and there.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: