Drive on the oldest concrete highway in Missouri

Apr 17, 2009 Full story: Southeast Missourian 70

It may seem hard to believe, but Mississippi County, Missouri, has been a leader in civil engineering projects.

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King James

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Apr 20, 2009
The "old slab road", as the concrete highway is known to local residents, lifted many a buggy, wagon, and motor car up out of the muddy gumbo that dominates this place - being a grand improvement over the plank roads which existed previously.

This writer has observed the surface of the highway on many occasions. The concrete appears to have been mixed with Missouri Red Granite as the principal aggregate. Such stands to reason considering the Iron Mountain railroad extended from Belmont, through Charleston, to the Acadia Valley, where was and is located nearby those granite quarries.

To this day it remains a pleasure to travel the old highway. The cognition hearkens one to imagine one's self immersed in a time of simpler expectations - enjoying a slower pace of life while utilizing a still existing highway showcasing the state-of-the-art technology of its time.

King James of Charleston
IV/XX/MMIX
guest

Saint Louis, MO

#2 Apr 20, 2009
I think they should put it on the historic register thingy
hmm

United States

#3 Apr 21, 2009
And does the self proclaimed King James live on said old slab road?
King James

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Apr 21, 2009
This writer finds himself in agreement with the poster "guest" above. Indeed, it would behoove the local populace to enter the old highway into the National Register of Historic Places.

In answer to the poster "hmm", this writer most certainly maintains no palace along the old slab road.

As a matter of proper orthography, and to rectify to grammatical conformity his previous post, this writer hereby amends the second sentence of the second paragraph as follows:...to the Arcadia Valley, where were and are located...

With respect to the above corrigendum this writer wishes the masses to know that he has dealt severely with the royal redactor. Such errata should, therefore, be banished from future posts.

King James of Charleston
IV/XXI/MMIX
King James

Saint Louis, MO

#5 Apr 21, 2009
Regarding the above-noted corrigendum, reference shall be to the third sentence of said paragraph, not the second - mea culpa.

King James of Charleston
IV/XXI/MMIX
dorothy from kansas

United States

#6 Apr 23, 2009
Aside from being totally correct about the "old slab road" Whar in tarnation did you learn to write all them fancy words? Golleeee, your sure are something. I didn't know anyone with that kind of smarts lived in Mississippi County. WOW
Traveler

United States

#8 Apr 24, 2009
I'm sure he is well taught either in an university or maybe self-taught, as I am largely.

It's amazing what you can pick up in a short time.
huh

United States

#9 Apr 24, 2009
dorothy from kansas wrote:
Aside from being totally correct about the "old slab road" Whar in tarnation did you learn to write all them fancy words? Golleeee, your sure are something. I didn't know anyone with that kind of smarts lived in Mississippi County. WOW
are you serious? writing like that does not show they have any "smarts" any simple minded fool write like that.
dorothy from kansas

United States

#10 Apr 27, 2009
no one noticed the sarcasm?
Traveler

United States

#11 Apr 27, 2009
huh wrote:
<quoted text>simple minded fool write like that.
His well thoughtout sentences are better than those keyboard-equivelants-of-crayon s-on-paper that most of these posts end up being.
Senior citizen

United States

#12 Apr 27, 2009
I have spent many a sleepless night trying to ascertain the correct identity of King James. My nearest guess is that he was not educated in the U.S. but spent his formative years abroad, perhaps in Europe. I, for one, enjoy his posts and am thoroughly impressed with his vocabulary.
hmm

Fredericktown, MO

#13 Apr 27, 2009
This writer does believe that the self proclaimed "King" either lives or has ancestoral ties into the Wyatt regions of Mississippi County. The "King" in question has commented about such regions as Deventeer, a community that does not seem to be mentioned very much, except from villagers near there. And now comments are made upon the "old slab" forum also located in the Wyatt region. Could the "King" perhaps be a member of the "Coallition" as refferred to in other Wyatt forums. Or perhaps a teacher located in the Wyatt region maybe even "PecanStreet" using another login. This writer also notes anytime something is said about "King James", Traveler seems to be there to defend. hmmm...
dorothy from kansas

United States

#14 Apr 28, 2009
Very interesting concept hmm, perhaps you are more observant than most, myself included. You have revealed a very probable conclusion. Very nice. Granted probably a well educated person, with perhaps a dictionary by their side.

“Seek 1st God's Kingdom”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#15 Apr 28, 2009
hmm wrote:
hmmm...
I use very few names on here. "King James" is not one of them.(Sorry, I do not know who he is.) I am a tradesman -amoung other things- but I am no king.

As far as my other monikers, my writing style is constant through all.

What "Coallition"???
King James

Saint Louis, MO

#16 Apr 28, 2009
It appears that in the wake of his creation of this very thread commenting upon the historical, practical, and aesthetical values of the old slab road bobs a mat of unrelated flotsam therein inhering a superfluity of speculation surrounding the supposed selfhood and identity of this writer. In response, scilicit to the townspeople of Wyatt, including both the citizens and the denizens thereof, and others who may call that place home, who have taken an ownership interest in said thread, as would be expected and appropriate due to the situation of the old slab road, this writer adduces no political nor ancestral affiliation with your handsome hamlet. This writer wishes further to declare that he has negotiated with Sir Traveler no royal treaty of defense nor any other similar concord, as such may be considered wanton, per se.

To augment the current conversation this writer has examined some of the threads appearing in the Wyatt topix forum, and has observed expressed in many of those threads an explicit desire of the townspeople of Wyatt to meliorate the lot to which they are currently subscribed. Therefore, it would be a good and noble undertaking for the community of Wyatt to take full ownership of the old slab road in order to preserve its intrinsic value, while endeavoring to divine its potential extrinsic value to that community as well as to the world at large.

To that end a first effort claiming a listing on the National Register of Historic Places would seem to behoove the community. However, the effort to do so would require catholic support from within and without the community. This writer questions whether such universal support could be garnered considering the historical feudalism which has erstwhile befuddled any token of progress in the place, but finds himself optimistic that sufficient forces may exist to effect a more fortuitous future for the families who there feed their offspring.

King James of Charleston
IV/XXVII/MMIX

“Seek 1st God's Kingdom”

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#17 Apr 28, 2009
I think the registration idea is a good idea. I would like to see renovations to the road and route markers.

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KJ
"It's a dangerous business...going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you donít keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.Ē JRRT

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King James

Saint Louis, MO

#18 Apr 29, 2009
This writer believes any plans for renovations to the old slab road must be considered very carefully. Otherwise, such action may constitute the equivalent of an oxymoron.

The intrinsic value of the old slab road is based upon its historic and practical values. If the road is renovated it will not longer be what it is now. Of course, the road is being used every day, so it continues to deteriorate. There would seem to be no solution to the problem of continued deterioration other than abandonment of the road which is impractical.

Ultimately, economics will dictate how much of the road can be preserved in its current condition. Sections of the road, then, must be designated for preservation, but those designated sections will continue to deteriorate unless limits are imposed regulating what classes of vehicles can use those designated sections.

Wyatt could ban heavy trucks from the short section of the road passing through town in order to mitigate the further deterioration of the road. It appears to this writer that the only other section of the road suitable for preservation is the section atop Rush Ridge leading to the bridge over the borrow pit because heavy trucks cannot, or should not, cross that steel and wood plank bridge.

Proper signage, of course, would be desirable and necessary. As part of the application process the lead group advocating historical designation must create a suitably attractive logo peculiar to the old slab road.

King James of Charleston
IV/XXIX/MMIX
blangblang

United States

#19 May 1, 2009
King James wrote:
Regarding the above-noted corrigendum, reference shall be to the third sentence of said paragraph, not the second - mea culpa.
King James of Charleston
IV/XXI/MMIX
saywat
dorothy from kansas

United States

#20 May 1, 2009
It appears that in the wake of his creation of this very thread commenting upon the historical, practical, and a "lover of beautiful things"* ie the old slab road bobs a mat of unrelated junk* therein existing to an excessive amount of speculation surrounding the supposed selfhood and identity of this writer. In response, scilicit(?) to the townspeople of Wyatt, including both the citizens and the residents* thereof, and others who may call that place home, who have taken an ownership interest in said thread, as would be expected and appropriate due to the situation of the old slab road, this writer cites* no political nor ancestral affiliation with your handsome small village*. This writer wishes further to declare that he has negotiated with Sir Traveler no royal treaty of defense nor any other similar agreement*, as such may be considered malicious*, per se.

To "add to"* the current conversation this writer has examined some of the threads appearing in the Wyatt topix forum, and has observed expressed in many of those threads an explicit desire of the townspeople of Wyatt to improve* the lot to which they currently follow*. Therefore, it would be a good and noble undertaking for the community of Wyatt to take full ownership of the old slab road in order to preserve its internal* value, while endeavoring to predict* its possible* non essential value to that community as well as to the world at large.
To that end a first effort claiming a listing on the National Register of Historic Places would seem to behoove the community. However, the effort to do so would require universal* support from within and without the community. This writer questions whether such universal support could be "gathered up"* considering the historical feudalism which has erstwhile befuddled any token of progress in the place, but finds himself optimistic that sufficient forces may exist to effect a more accidental* future for the families who there feed their offspring.
Please note this is King Jame's first thread here but I chose to change a few words that I felt met the definition of the words he chose. Notice the astrik's beside each word changed. Was it all necessary? Perhaps. I think King James needs to address his threads and conversations to those who share the same thought and words.
dorothy from kansas

United States

#21 May 1, 2009
SORRY EVERYONE. IT'S THE 4TH POST.

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