Archive for Monday, March 12, 2012

100 years ago: Snowstorm stalls trains, but rural mail carriers make it through

March 12, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 12, 1912:

  • "The Union Pacific is again without trains from the west, there having been no trains through since Friday night.... For a while it was thought that the road would be opened and that train service could be resumed but the continuing of the storm blocked the road again. The trains are stalled in snowbanks between Wilson and Page, Kansas."
  • "In spite of the heavy snows which have made bad traveling over the country roads, the rural mail-carriers out of Lawrence have kept up their rounds and supplied the patrons of their routes with their daily mail. Many of the roads have been found to be almost impassable, but the rural mail-carrier must have no fears of any snow-banks, mud holes, wind-storms, blizzards or sunstrokes. Every mail carrier out of Lawrence this morning made within a couple miles of his entire route today which indicates that the Lawrence service is one of the best in the country. There are ten routes out of Lawrence which total something like 200 miles.... The greatest difficulty is met where no roads have been broken by the country people, and the mail carrier is forced to travel through snow banks where no one has gone. It was suggested this morning by several of the carriers that if the farmers would open up the roads a little the service would be much better and easier on the part of the mail man."


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Mr. Henry Ford for the Model "T" and "A", with the 19" and 21" wheels, these old critters could get you there and back, though it was a mite cold inside, heaters were just manifold type, burrrrrrrr

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