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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paving Ordinance

An ordinance on the books in Minot – When Minot got its first paved streets, which consisted of wooden blocks, the city fathers prized them like a zealous housewife does a newly waxed floor. All precautions were taken to keep the paved streets pristine. – No garbage was to hauled on or across the streets unless absolutely necessary to remove it to or from an alley. The fine was $5 and up to 10 days in jail. By the way, in bad rain storms and it the streets flooded, the wooden paving blocks were known to float away. The picture below shows the wooden paving blocks on Central Avenue floating during the 1923 flood.


  1. That's pretty amazing that back then there were such large fines and penalties in place to keep the streets in like-new condition. Do you know if this was just on city streets or did it apply to residential paving as well? Interesting bit of history, fun to read.