Brookline Boulevard - 1909

Brookline Boulevard in 1909

Three pictures that show the condition of Brookline Boulevard near the junction with West Liberty Avenue in April 1909. This is the hilly stretch of the boulevard between Pioneer Avenue and West Liberty, now Bodkin Street. The spring mud made this part of the boulevard nearly impassable. The pictures show:

1. A wagon which upset while an attempt was made to get it out of the mud on the road connecting Brookline Boulevard with West Liberty Avenue.
2. Wagon whose front wheels are almost wholly buried.
3. Six horses pulling their hardest in an attempt to move a load that would be easy for two animals on a good road.

Residents of outlying wards of Pittsburgh, harassed by delays and expenses incurred through deep mud on unpaved streets, will probably resort to unusual means to secure desired improvements. By the Act of 1895, if owners of abutting property refuse to petition for paving, councils by two-thirds vote may order the work done, and the costs assessed.

Deep mud and increasing traffic, incident to the opening of spring, have aroused members of several communities to a high pitch of indignation. Short unpaved stretches of road are said to be retarding the natural development of extensive sections. Wagons are stalled, horses injured and transfer companies have increased rate because of difficulties attending hauling.

Residents of Brookline are up in arms, because streets forming the connecting link of the former borough with the city include a short stretch of about 400 yards that is practically impassable. General inconvenience occasioned by the miring of several vehicles yesterday on the unpaved portion of Brookline Boulevard, adjoining West Liberty Avenue, brought indignation to a focus.

Brookine, in consequence, will probably be the first to try to have paving done at the initiative of councils. The matter will be among the first brought to the attention of the new city fathers following their taking office tomorrow. It is hoped Charles N. Isler, select councilman elect and James N. Burke and David Bisset, the representatives of the Nineteenth Ward in the common branch, will become interested in the project and push it to a successful conclusion.

Many communities, particularly in the more recently annexed sections of the city, will await the result of the attempt with interest. Similar action is contemplated in several instances where it is felt property-owners along streets needing paving cannot be arounsed to their duty.

FOLLOW-UP: By August of 1909, work was underway to pave that section of Brookline Boulevard. Click the link to see photos.

* Image and text copied from the Pittsburgh Daily Post - April 4, 1909 *

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