Parma Heights in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
First Brick Rural Road in United States
Olde York Road
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.
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.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Society for Industrial Archeology Northern Ohio Chapter, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 49-18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 23.503′ N, 81° 45.598′ W. Marker is in Parma Heights, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is at the intersection of Olde York Road and Pearl Road (U.S. 42), on the right when traveling south on Olde York Road. Touch for map. Directly located in front of a Marathon Gas station on the right hand corner as you enter the north end of Olde York Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6229 Pearl Rd, Cleveland OH 44130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crile Hospital (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Stearns Homestead (approx. 1.8 miles away); German Central Organization (approx. 2.7 miles away); Old District 10 Schoolhouse (approx. 2.9 miles away); Berea District Seven School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Berea Union Depot (approx. 4.9 miles away); Baldwin University (approx. 5 miles away); Lyceum Square (approx. 5 miles away).
Regarding First Brick Rural Road in United States. It's no longer brick, now it's blacktop.
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