Wednesday, October 02, 2013

About the header image: October 2, 2013

Brick roads were once the standard in Nanticoke and many other places in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I remember as a little boy of two or three watching the brick road in front of my grandparents' house get paved over. I was sad to see something I had known all of my life go away, but on some level I knew the bricks would always be there, just under an inch or two of asphalt. (You can see this on display in Wilkes-Barre, where patches of asphalt regularly fall away to reveal the bricks underneath.)

But there are still a few streets here and there that are paved with bricks. Not major or heavily-traveled streets, but they're there. South Walnut street in Nanticoke is one of those streets, at least south of Washington. It becomes a little brick road between to cemeteries, ending abruptly at the top of the hill to be replaced by a dirt road. If you were to follow this road to its end, you would reach a field, and a gully beyond; climb the hill on the other side of the gully, and you would be at Luzerne County Community College, the site of this Saturday's NEPA BlogCon! Granted, there are easier ways to get there...

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