Street Paving

c.1900
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The first step on the path to modernization.
Street paving circa 1900. Oakland had no paved streets until 1864, when workmen laid six blocks of macadam along Broadway between Fourth and Tenth streets. The price of the Civil War-era contract showed how little people trusted paper money. The cost came down fourteen cents a foot if payment was made in "gold coin of the United States of America.

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