Early Ordinance Deals With Stumps

The Gazette
October 5, 1939

The job of transferring the early trails in this sector to usable roads was one of the primary considerations of the early police jurors.

Interesting concerning the construction of these roads is the mention, given in a early ordinance that the stumps left after the trees had been cleared could not be more than 18 inches high. They were not to be pointed but flat.

The stumps were not such a serious consideration in those days of wagon and horses. So long as they weren’t over 18 inches, giving adequate clearance for vehicles, they were not much bother.

Today, a stump is a serious road consideration. Probably our forefathers considered that those stumps would rot before they offered any serious impediment to travelers.





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