Erie, Pa., keeps old sandstone street
The local stone had other more pedestrian purposes. It was heavily quarried in that era for streets. Most of those thoroughfares were long paved over.
But a few remain. Medina native A.G. Irons, a 1994 Medina graduate, posted photos on Facebook today of a sandstone street that has been preserved in Erie, Pa. A historical marker notes the prominence of Medina sandstone for Erie streets more than a century ago.
Locally, I know of only one sandstone street: Beaver Alley in Albion. This street was recreated nearly a decade ago when routes 98 and 31 were dug up and rebuilt. Some of the sandstone blocks that were unearthed from that project were reset in Beaver Alley.
I hear complaints from some folks about this street, that it’s bumpy and hard to drive on. But kudos to then-Mayor Ed Salvatore and the village officials at that time for working to promote our sandstone heritage.
I think we should put in some sandstone crosswalks and utilize this stone in other public places, perhaps swapping out some concrete sidewalks with sandstone ones in our historic districts.
It was a nice surprise to see an out-of-state city – Erie, Pa. – keep one of their old sandstone streets intact.