Pavement Ends
James Baughn

"Deep, soft, fathomless mud"

Posted Monday, March 1, 2010, at 4:22 PM


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  • Mmm....I wonder if all these people complaining about Missouri roads had ever tried to go through Arkansas? Those roads surely had to be worse.

    Considering our conversation Monday night at the Stoddard County Historical Society meeting, it seems quite evident that few of the roads in this area of Missouri were paved until the latter part of the 1940's. I have no knowledge of the status of the roads in the rest of Missouri at that time.

    James, where do you go to do research on this topic? You'd think that MoDot would have some road history available.

    -- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 5:55 PM
  • My mother drove a 1928 Chevrolet which had high wheels she vowed without which she would never have been able to drive the roads from Southeast Hosital out to the farm which was on the Big Ditch just east of Allenville.

    She claimed this was where Louisanna got the idea of Gumbo. My dad swore one mule, one cow, and two hogs went missing and were not found until the road turned to dry dust later in the year.

    -- Posted by voyager on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 6:01 PM
  • MoDOT has posted scans of historic state road maps, which show how the road system evolved:


    By the early 1940s, most major highways in Missouri were in good shape. I can't figure out why the highway department took so long to finish Highway 25 south of Advance.

    -- Posted by James Baughn on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:38 AM
  • Story # 2 gets my vote, even though story #1 is a great lead-in!

    Give it a couple-more weeks, and we'll have the annual "same, yet-improved"-modern version on a lot of our county roads. It can't be helped. Spring-thaw is one of those "it just happens"-things.

    Mud-Season. Ya' gotta' LOVE it...!

    -- Posted by donknome-2 on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:32 AM
  • Sounds like a good place to try out my new tires.

    -- Posted by mynameismud on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 1:09 PM