A View of the Past – April 12, 2017

This week’s view was taken on July 16, 1913 in front of Old City Hall (when it still had a bell tower) at Washington and Lincoln in O’Fallon, looking south.  The cars were part of a demonstration pushing the construction of a paved highway connecting St. Louis, Missouri and Vincennes, Indiana — what would become U.S. Route 50.  The event started with a mass meeting in Vincennes on July 14.  The next day, a large caravan of cars started a two-day trip over the old Vincennes-St. Louis road, the road they proposed to pave, headed for East St. Louis.  O’Fallon was one of their stops.  The caravan was said to be accompanied by a brass band, a quartet and speakers who talked about the need for a “hard road” to spectators along the route.

(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.