When I moved to Tipton 45 years ago, there were still several streets in town that were paved with brick. Eventually they were all removed and paved with modern macadam technique, with the exception of a couple of short less-traveled sections which were simply paved over. I turned down one of these short stretches on my bicycle and noted that winter ravages, summer storms, increased twenty-first century traffic have dug a hole in the tarmac, exposing brick beneath.
The first brick paving in Tipton was laid along two and one-half blocks of Jefferson Street in 1890. This brick was common building brick, yet it survived the rigors of traffic for nearly a quarter century before it was replaced in 1914 with vitrified brick. At that time, twelve miles of Tipton streets were paved with these bricks. This allowed Tipton to boast the largest number of "feet per capita" of any city in Indiana.*
I have a few of the brick pavers which were lifted from the streets of Tipton in the 1990s. These bricks are quite attractive, and imagine if you can the thousands of wheels that rolled across this bit of history.
*Pershing, Marvin W. History of Tipton County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions, 1914
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