Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cobbles

There was a time...
I have read that there was a time when most all of this city's streets were made of cobblestone. This is Moulton Street down in the Old Port. It stretches from Fore Street to Commercial Street, about 100 feet in length. Few streets here look like this today. You think potholes are rough on the alignment of cars. Think about miles upon miles of driving on streets like this one. There were a couple of times when me and the guys grabbed our poles and  ventured down on Commercial to do some fishing. I'll tell ya, it was even rougher on bike traffic. I remember that going slow and taking it easy got you nowhere. You had to be moving at a pretty good pace to get anything accomplished in terms of progress. As I remember, the fishing at the end of the wharf was great, but our teeth vibrated for days!

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  1. If you think biking is difficult on cobblestones, try high heels. I'd like to see that!!

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    1. Shhhhhhhhh. I'm still in the shoe' closet'.

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  2. I have walked on cobblestone streets in my youth but in other towns. Our town had brick main streets and the rest were gravel covered. I remember that we had to skate with our clamp on roller skates on the sidewalks as the streets were too rough to skate on.

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  3. cobblestones are not loved by wheelchair uses either

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  4. I like to look at cobblestone streets but hate to drive on them. Thank goodness, they've become quite rare.

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  5. Cleveland, Ohio used to have cobblestone and brick streets. Probably all gone now. A bike ride over the cobbles got rid of any loose parts.

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  6. they've paved over the majority of them, for sure.

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  7. Imagine trying to walk on this in high heels….those new kind of platform and sky-high heels….deadly!

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  8. We still have a few of these, but they are hard to fix nowadays.

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  9. There are still some small sections of them around here too but they are certainly disappearing.

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  10. For days, eh!? The fishing in the city must have been fun.

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  11. There are still many brick streets in Jamestown, New York. Classic.

    PS My love for cooking is reflected....ha ha.

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  12. We have a lot of cities with such streets in Europe . My worst memory is Roma, where it was tiring even when only walking!

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  13. Birdman -- Beautiful cobblestones but I imagine rough on the tires and springs of cars. The country dirt road to my old place in Ky probably had as many bumps as your cobblestones -- I think that is why I had to buy new tires for my trip to Washington. -- barbara

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  14. I like this pattern. And, isn't it tough walking on these things in high heels?

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  15. Ah but they are so beautiful.

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  16. And fergeddaboud roller skates on cobblestones . . .

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