Many of Chicago’s wooden streets are still intact, they’re just paved over

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A wooden alley in Chicago, featuring new (bottom left) and historic (top right) pavers, in 2012. (Naomi Blumberg / Chicago History Museum / via DNAinfo)

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CHICAGO — Repaving Chicago’s streets sometimes means unearthing some of the city’s history.

Crews paving a street on the 8300 block of South Kerfoot Avenue  Monday might not have been aware of the century-old street they were standing on as a new layer of road was created.

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It’s likely the older surface was a wood-paved street, which the city used from the 1840s until 1910, according to John Russick, the Chicago History Museum’s vice president for interpretation and education.

“There’s probably a lot of wooden paving out there still” all over the city, Russick said. Many of those streets were just paved over, and the wooden paving wasn’t removed, he said.

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