Pavement Ends
James Baughn

More accounts of the Bloomfield Road

Posted Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 2:48 PM


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  • Aha! The plot continues to thicken. The poor condition of Bloomfield Road goes a long way back, doesn't it?

    I love Paul Corbin's story of traveling the old road back in 1904 -- Louis Houck was supervising the building of Acadamic Hall around that time, I think. I read that he traveled Bloomfield Road on horseback to go up to the college.

    What do you know about old highway 25?

    -- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 9:35 PM
  • Great story, enjoy reading the comments from folks who lived back then, things haven't changed much in the past 100 years.

    -- Posted by Dexterite1 on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 8:19 AM
  • Miz goat lady, mam,

    My dad helped pave Rt. 25 going into Advance. There's a photo on this page that shows a steam roller working just out of town.


    (There's also an aerial photo of the Scott City I-55 interchange being built in the days when a trip to St. Louis or Memphis was an all-day affair.)

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 8:21 AM
  • I read the 1904 account quickly - but it would be nice if someone could identify the locations "Hickory Ridge Hill" and swampy "Old Field" area...we are loosing this history everyday.

    -- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 1:01 PM
  • James, Just a tickler from a former Stoddard countian, meditating on the related stories from my family on the old "Red and White Road", south of Dexter, and the Chalk Bluff Road(Trail) along the ridge into Arkansas. Just some history looking for further exposure to your readers. Regards, kkr

    -- Posted by kkcaver47 on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 2:42 PM
  • All the old stories I have heard mentioned the spring in Paul's story. Before my time. I do remember a trip from the Advance area to St. louis before I-55 started at 3:00 am with mother frying chicken and packing lunch. We stopped halfway for lunch and if we made good time we arrived before the summer sun went down.

    -- Posted by Old John on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 5:30 PM
  • Mr. Houck makes a strong, convincing, and well thought out case for privatized roads.

    -- Posted by Lumpy on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 5:48 PM
  • old "Red and White Road", and the Chalk Bluff Road...all great names !! We lose these when the road committees chose to take the easy way out and just give road numbers as identifiers instead of the historical names...Believe me, when the county road signs went up, the cop-out was that "it's for the 9-1-1 system"...meanwhile, an ambulance will get lost twice finding your home.

    -- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 12:50 PM
  • jacksonjazzman,

    I agree, road names can often provide interesting clues about history. "Bloomfield Road" is much more revealing than "County Road 205".

    Saline County, Missouri, recently switched from numbers to names for their county roads. I believe Washington County, MO, has also made the switch. The trend in the 1970s and 1980s was to use numbers, now the pendulum is swinging in the other direction.

    Clay County, Arkansas, has the best system: road signs show the name *and* the number, which covers all bases.

    Pulaski County, Missouri, has the ugliest system. They picked random words from a dictionary and used those for the names, in alphabetical order from one corner of the county to the other. Their map is graced with such meaningless names as "Temporal Road" and "Racket Drive".

    Numbers do have some advantages, though. Oklahoma has an interesting system where county roads are numbered statewide in a consistent grid system. The number and direction of the road will tell you the exact distance north or east from the state line. Very clever, but this wouldn't work in Missouri with lots of crooked roads that don't follow a grid.

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 2:05 PM
  • Fascinating, fascinating!! Just when I forget to check on your blog, James, someone adds a link to a really COOL photo - like that one of a steam roller on Highway 25.

    Mr. Steinhoff, what year would you say that picture was taken, and do you know who took it?

    Also, may I steal it for my own dark purposes??

    -- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Feb 7, 2010, at 2:51 PM
  • Late p.s. for those who continue to check back on these blogs. "Old Field" is very well known in the Advance area and has been written about by local writers. It's the open area between Advance and Painton. Legend says that entire wagons and teams of mules sank beneath the ground in the days when the water table was high. I have seen the wooden pieces which farmers put on the mules' feet to keep them from sinking into the bog.

    -- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Feb 26, 2010, at 8:18 AM
  • Now that I think of it, I believe the Old Field farmers used horses, instead of mules, because the mules' feet were smaller than horses' feet.

    -- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Feb 28, 2010, at 5:10 PM