01/08/2014 09:13 AM
QUIXOTIC SIDEWALK PROJECT:
Because everybody needs a strange and quirky hobby, Loraine
and I have been walking the entire city of Marquette, taking
pictures of sidewalks.
Now, as with most of our little "projects", this one just
kind of evolved from something we've been noticing the past
year or so. You see, most of Marquette's original sidewalks
from 1915 are slowly being replaced. After all, some of
them are falling apart thanks to 90+ years of abuse by
Mother Nature and by tens of thousands of people trampling,
driving over, and digging under them. Some of them just
need to get replaced, and badly.
But here's the thing. At the point where all the original
Marquette sidewalks met a street, the name of that street
was stamped into the sidewalk. That way, if you were
walking down a sidewalk and came to an intersection, you'd
just look at the sidewalk and see you were about to cross
East Hewitt, as an example. If you don't trust me, just
take a walk around town sometime; every few blocks, you'll
Anyway, over the years, the street names stamped into the
sidewalks have been slowly disappearing. Because they were
always stamped into the last section of sidewalk before the
street, many of them were removed to put in slopes to make
the sidewalk handicapped accessible. Others are now being
removed because they're just falling apart. Either way,
they're disappearing, and the fact that we noticed that has
led to this rather quixotic hobby-
We're trying to photograph ALL the remaining sidewalk street
names before they disappear.
Here's the list we've photographed so far--
Hematite (which is now Kaye)
Hewitt (east and west)
Park (east & west)
That's it. Most of Marquette's major streets--like Third,
or south Front--don't have the 1915 sidewalk names stamped
in them any more, and that's a shame. Not only that, but
you may notice that the ONLY street name south of the bypass
is Adams Street!
I've had a couple of people ask what we're gonna do with
these once we've documented them all, and, you know, I'm not
quite sure. We just wanted to make sure that they WERE
documented before progress erases them from the face of the
Once again, if you know of a sidewalk street name NOT on the
list, please drop me an e-mail. Then we'll pay it a
After all, EVERYONE needs a quirky hobby, right?
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