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Delavan in Walworth County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Delavanís Historic Brick Street

 
 
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By Paul F, July 21, 2010
1. Delavanís Historic Brick Street Marker
Inscription. Dusty and rutted in dry spells, muddy and miserable in wet, Delavanís main street, Walworth Avenue, remained unpaved from the 1830ís until the second decade of the 20th century. In 1911, Delavanís City Council voted to pave the three block central business district of Walworth Avenue and chose brick as the preferred paving material. The city contracted with the Birdsall-Griffith Company of Racine to install the street at a cost of $19,198.18. A workforce of thirty laborers graded the street, poured the concrete base and installed a two inch layer of sand. A crew of skilled Italian immigrant workers then laid the bricks in a running bond pattern along the street and in a herringbone pattern at the intersections. Paved in vitrified brick, a durable waterproof material resistant to wear, the street was completed in 1913 and hailed as a great transportation improvement. Delavanís brick street has been in continuous use since its installation and remains one of the last and best examples of brick paved roadway in the State of Wisconsin. The street was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
 
Erected 1996 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 344.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Delavanís Historic Brick Street image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 21, 2010
2. Delavanís Historic Brick Street

 
Location. 42° 37.99′ N, 88° 38.838′ W. Marker is in Delavan, Wisconsin, in Walworth County. Marker is on East Walworth Avenue 0.1 miles east of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Tower Park, just east of the water tower. Marker is in this post office area: Delavan WI 53115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delavan's Circus Colony (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wisconsin's First School for the Deaf (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of “The Greatest Show on Earth” (approx. half a mile away); John Bruce (approx. 3.9 miles away); Darien Civil War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); The 755th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Webster House (approx. 5.9 miles away); Allen Family (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Delavan.
 
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Delavanís Historic Brick Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 21, 2010
3. Delavanís Historic Brick Street Marker
Delavanís Historic Brick Street image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 21, 2010
4. Delavanís Historic Brick Street
 
 
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