Photo Feature From the Collection of Jesse N.
First Modern Roads
TOP: There was a time in Jacksonville's formative years
when the entire country road department consisted of nine men,
all based in Jacksonville (the county seat at that time). Property
owners were required to put in a certain number of hours maintaining
assigned sections of county roads. The photo at top is a portion
of a panoramic shot of commissioner J. M. Wood's road crew from
the collection of Mr. Jesse Wood. Photo by Russell Bros. Studio.
BOTTOM: A 1935 Jacksonville street scene also from the
collection of Mr. Jesse Wood. This promotional photo shows a road
paved with a new type of surface, Tarvia Re-tread. Although the
cutline identifies the scene as Spring Street, Mr. Wood believes
the view is actually on Mountain Avenue (now Street). For more
vintage local scenes, go to Al
Harris' photo blogger. You can subscribe to the service and
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If you have old photos to share or would like to ask questions
about this project, e-mail
Al Harris at AlofBama@gwds2.com.