Sidewalks And Curbs In Quincy

I walk a lot around town, and I’ve become interested in the great variety of sidewalks to be seen. In this part of town there are many brick herringbone sidewalks which are probably one hundred years old. They are periodically interrupted by brick driveways which always seem to have a more linear arrangement of bricks, with the bricks set on edge rather than flat, and with twin depressions from years of cars coming and going.

The curbs are also interesting; most of them are mundane featureless white concrete, but the rounded corners have been left. They are made of roughly-formed pieces of limestone.

Take a look at this photo of a Purington Paver, a common sidewalk brick around town:




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11 responses to “Sidewalks And Curbs In Quincy

  1. bev

    Bisbee, AZ, has some of the coolest sidewalks, concrete, curbs, retaining walls and manhole covers I’ve yet seen. Each time I go for a walk, I see something new that I never noticed before. Endless delights. Good to hear that there are other connoisseur’s of vintage concrete and masonry out there!

  2. Joan

    I can’t find the photo of the paver. Is there a link? I have no idea what they look like.

  3. Joan

    Thanks Larry. Any chance of seeing pictures of these pavers in place on one of your walks? Are they done is fancy herringbone patterns or something akin?

  4. An example of what my Mom used to say: that Quincy was much better built than Hannibal from the beginning?

  5. Yeah, Hannibal has always been a scruffier and poorer town than Quincy, half the size and without the equivalent of the wonderful architecture which can be seen in my neighborhood.

  6. A gal once explained to me her opinion that Quincy was basically a German town while Hannibal was basically British . . . . hmmm. That explained the differences in quality and cleanliness (???) Remember…. HER opinion.

  7. Hannibal was once predominantly Irish Catholic with an admixture of Southern Baptist, a northern outlier of the Bible Belt.

    Quincy was mainly German Catholic. Especially on the North Side, nearly every corner had either a corner grocery or a neighborhood tavern. A lot of beer was consumed!

  8. I think Quincy had a number of brewerys as well. I want to recall that Hannibal had one. There was also a Red Star Cigar manufactory across Arch Street from your old place. When I was a smallish kid, the sign was still painted on the wimdows of the abandoned place . . . then it was knocked down to make room for what became a service station.
    I’m not sure of the numbers of Irish Catholics in Hannibal. But during the Civil War Era it seems to have been populated by southern originated families that seem to have brought their attitudes and platitudes with them. The US govt had to treat the place as occupied territory, unlike the loyal bastion of union virtues (aka Quincy) just across the river.

  9. Hannibal’s single brewery was located on Grand Avenue, right where the Douglass Community Center is today. The brewmaster’s rather ornate house still stands, up on a hill just west of the Center.

    The imposing complex of brick buildings which once was Dick Brothers Brewery still stands in Quincy, on the South Side. It is used for a variety of purposes these days. I once met a family which had bought the house of one of the Dick Brothers. I was told that there is a brick-lined underground tunnel leading from house to brewery which allowed that particular brother to walk to work during inclement weather.

  10. Joan
    Above is a A blog post with pic of Purlington Pavers.
    The other subject ..the Quincy Germans VS the Hannibal.. whatevers is fascinating. I always thought we had an equal sprinkling of each religion…with maybe heavy on Baptist and Methodist…in Hannibal. Thanks both of ye, for the interesting posts about the two towns.

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