streets of early Black Hawk County towns were originally
rough paths that could choke you with dust or bury you in
mud, depending on the season. For the first few years after
Cedar Falls' founding, Main Street featured an obstacle
course of stumps left over from the clearing of the original
street surface is a relatively new invention. The original
paving material in the older parts of Cedar Falls and Waterloo
was brick. The only remaining example of a brick street
in Cedar Falls is this short section, paved in 1908.
The bricks used
in street paving were known as "pavers." They
were much larger than bricks used in buildings and were
laid with a sealer between the bricks to keep out moisture.
As new techniques
of street paving were introduced, Cedar Falls' brick streets
were torn up or covered over by concrete and asphalt. Paver
bricks found their way into many local gardens, driveways
and sidewalks, where they may still be seen today.
The only remaining
brick street is in poor condition, due to deterioration
of the sealer material. Attempts to repave this section
with concrete have thus far been unsuccessful, due to public