Articles in the March 2015 Issue:

Sunken History and Maritime Treasures:
Marine Artist Robert McGreevy Receives Honor
A Great Lakes Sailor:
Sailor Mike Quinn Part 1
Garden Guidance:
Gardening Conference and Yard and Garden Expo
March Events
Smile Awhile:
Advice From an Old Farmer
Lake Huron Update:
Lake Level Above Long-Term Average
Where In America Are You?:
Where in America Are You?
Schools of Yesteryear:
Bloomfield No. 5 - Swayze School - Part 4
The Doctor's Corner:
91 Things
Healing From the Roots Up:
Cancer - Part Five: Faith in Your Healing
Legally Speaking:
Protecting Children
A Peek at the Past:
Dionne Quintuplets
Thumb Rails:
Thumb Depots: History of the Capac Depot - Part 4
The Way it Was:
...Remembering the Doctors Who Made House Calls
Guardians of Freedom:
Robert L. Tschirhart in World War II - Part 4
Capitol Reef National Park - Where Rocks and Fruit are the Stars
Travel Trivia:
TravelTrivia Question Of The Month
Countryside Yarns - Tall Tale or Truth? You Decide!:
The Great Starvation From the diary of Katie O’Connell... - Part 12
Helping to Secure Your Future:
Seniors: Helping Prevent Investment Fraud

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March 2015 > Where In America Are You?

Where in America Are You?

Author Info:

Randy Karr
For the past dozen plus years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a travel writer for the Lakeshore Guardian, the best little newspaper in Michigan.

Articles by Randy Karr

The statue you see of George Bartholomew on Court Avenue commemorates the one-hundredth anniversary of the first concrete street in the United States. In the late 1890s, George came up with the idea to pave streets that would otherwise be muddy and dusty with artificially made stone. After successfully learning how to make cement at the San Antonio Cement Co. of Texas, he founded the Buckeye Portland Cement Co. and began promoting the use of “cement stone” to the Bellefontaine City Council. Some council members were concerned the cement pavement would not hold up to steel-rimmed wagon wheels. Nevertheless, they approved paving an eight-foot section of roadway next to the hitching post with cement. Satisfied that the trial run proved its durability, the city council approved the paving of the square surrounding the courthouse with concrete, but only if George would donate all the cement and guarantee the concrete could last for five years. As it turned out, the concrete survived a half-century of use. Because concrete pavement was considered revolutionary at the time, the Chicago International Exposition of 1893 bestowed on George Bartholomew an award – First Place for Engineering Technology Advancement in Paving Materials. Where in America are you, anyway? Name the Midwest state where America’s first concrete street was installed, a state that borders one of the Great Lakes and whose southern border is defined by a river that is the largest tributary of the Mississippi River by volume of flow.

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