Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Powers, A. C.
Country roads, pp. 115-121 PDF (2.0 MB)
WISCONSIN FARMERS' INSTITUTI. .-n .na *tMo D.nA a Kins of whr UCV M pangn Ur. u wnsSV at Wu e, -y down inequality of surface, cut away time, as you are often compelled to hills, fill in low places, build solid and make two or even three trips to mar- permanent bridges or look to the in- ket to draw what would be a light terest of the community by displaying load on the macadamized road, and the same degree of enterprise in the the enhanced value of property adjoin- way of road making they would in any ing such a road would doubly pay the other line of business, losing sight of investment. the fact that no investment will pay Perhaps there are some who doubt as large a dividend as a tix for good the soundness of this assertion and roads if the money is judiciously ex- say we lack the proof. Let me may it pended. has been tried in hundreds of eases and in no one instance has it failed to How the Ancients Built Roads, produce such results. And I am in- formed by a gentleman residing in the I recently read a short article in the northeastern part of Illinois that land Rural World which I wish to repro- lying contiguous to the proposed duce at this time. When Appius Sheridan drive has materially ad- Clkudius started out to build the nom vanced in price, in some instances famous Appian Way, he didn't wait enough to make quite a payment to- for carriage builders, bicycle clubs and wards the improvement. farmers' picnics to pass resolutions on We can expect the same result in the subject He simply put men to Wisconsin as has been shown in the work and constructed a road 330 eastern or older states. Admitting miles in length by 16 feet wide from that we need better roads and -we Rome south through Capua to Briudisi think the most fossilized old fogies we and, although 2206 years have passed have will not argue that we are wrong, since then, the Appian Way Is still the the only controversy then is in the best country road in all Europe. mode of application and if we have When Napoleon determined that 70,000,000 population, it would seem France should have the best highways that we have nearly as many Ideas as on earth for the rapid movement of to what should or should not be done, troops and the ready supply of armies from those that would bond the state, with provisions, he didn't pause for county and town, while others like the adoption of a constitutional amend- Mieawber, sit by the wayside ment, but at once took his men out and waiting for something to turn up built the roads, and they are today in when good roads, like the Gospel, can nearly as perfect conditions as when be had without money and without ccnetructed. This dictatorial way of price. doing things is of course neither pos- slble or advisable in a republican Some Surprising Figures. country, but we cite this bit of history Few people take a correct view of for the several lessons it teaches. the actual profit to farmers end busi- First, that if we expect better roads we ness men in general, of good roads, or shall have to build them. Second, how much they could afford to pay for that one man at the head is better than them. Is it not a fact that in some a thousand, and last, but by no means seasons for weeks together all busi- least, that roads thoroughly built will ness is at a complete standstill caused be as lasting as time itself. by the impassable condition of the roads, and the loss incurred amounts A Few Benefits of Good Roads. to millions of dollars annually, caused Good roads will pay from almost any by not marketing grain or other crops standpoint. They will pay in satisfac- in proper season and to the merchant, tion. They will pay in a savi;g on who finds his shelves filled with unSe- -1 77 - '71- 7 . I -I.. e , - : m . I 116 -16--- -- --4-. - +.U- M --+%
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