Way Back When
This old postcard of First Street in Palisade has always intrigued me. It’s most likely from around 1910. I find it marvelous that at a time when the roads were not even paved, they laid down sidewalks that ran for 10 miles. I don’t think they’re talking 10 miles in a straight line west, but rather all throughout the Palisade District.
If you drive west on First Street from South Main, you can still see the sidewalk on the north side of the road and it continues, except in a few places where it has been removed, all the way until First Street turns into G 4/10, stopping near Garfield Drive.
It was a braggable and unconventional convenience for that day and time, and worthy of a postcard to commemorate its existence.
Priscilla Walker, president of the Palisade Historical Society, tells me her grandfather George Bowman was the president of the Palisades National Bank at the time and helped many of the landowners get the money to put the cement walk in front of their property. Priscilla lives on W. First Street in the family home.
The second card is from the Palisade Historical Society digital collection, the original being owned by Rebecca Harris. The view is looking east toward Chalk Mountain.