Sunday, December 4, 2011

Shoveling Snow



Today's picture is from the early 1900's. It shows men shoveling snow. The picture was taken in Washington DC. It looks like the men are loading the snow up on a wagon to haul it off. How are things done today in big cities with lots of snow? Do they actually have to load it up and haul it off? Where does it go.

We did not get any snow here yesterday, but we did get a nice rain last night, so that was most welcome.

12 comments:

  1. With a heave snow fall they will plow it into a windrow (that is a long pile in the middle). Then they will come in with a very large snowblower and blow it into trucks. They will haul it away to City land where a large tractor or dozer will push it into GIANT piles.
    On a normal (5 to 6) inches they will just plow it to the side and you get to go out and shovel out your driveway AGAIN.

    I live on a large corner lot, and I have a guy contracted to come in and plow out my wide and long driveway. Then he will blow the sidewalks off on both sides of my home. Which is well over 200 feet long and 6 foot wide.
    So all the is left for me to do is the clean up at the garage door and the sidewalk going around to the front door

    ReplyDelete
  2. I guess I should have said that they don't even plow if it only a couple of inches of snow. Now if we get a few inches 3 or 4 times then they will grade it off to the side, and we get to contend with the packed chunks

    ReplyDelete
  3. My guy has plowed and blown twice so far this winter and the City hasn't been out yet. Though we did have a warm spell (set some high temp records) after the last snow and it almost all melted.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have always lived in the desert and it had never occurred to me to wonder "Now just how did they get rid of all that snow in the big cities, back in the good ol' days." Loading it into a wagon and hauling it away would give a lot of people jobs. Hmmmmm.

    ReplyDelete
  5. There is a lot of pushing snow around and putting it into piles during winter, but the latest thing that is starting to catch on in a number of areas is the use of snow melting machines. Check out this company for one example:

    snowdragonmelters.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I live in Baltimore Maryland, so we don't get too many really big snow falls. On occasion (like once last year) we do get one, and the plows will pile up pretty high piles which are then loaded by front end loaders into dump trucks that are then dumped into the harbor. Very convenient!

    ReplyDelete
  7. If you have oceanfront, and aren't so far north that the seawater freezes, then dumping snow in the water works.

    I've also seen snow being piled into rail-cars that would've headed south empty. By the time they reached their destinations they were empty again.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I was born in Cuba and now I live in Miami, so I don't know anything about how they get rid of snow..lol Anyhow I find this snow week very interesting!

    ReplyDelete
  9. In Washington, DC, most everybody goes into a panic at the sight of snow.

    When we had those back to back big snows a couple of winters ago, it was a huge mess with too many cars parked in the streets and nowhere to put all that snow. They finally decided to haul it off to dump it into the Potomac but by then, it had turned to ice.

    In the large parking lots, like for malls, the snow is shoved into mountains in various spots around the lots. Some years the Snow Mountains can get to be quite large and last a long time. It is really weird to see piles of snow hanging around when it is 70 degrees or more.

    I really enjoyed last week with the zeppelins. I am I the only person who was reminded of Flash Gordon, Emperor Ming,and their rocket ships?

    I would have posted yesterday but our grandson was born, way out there in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks, PJM, and keep up the good work.

    ReplyDelete
  10. @myrtle-I was thinking of that movie of an alternate reality with Jude Law as a mustang pilot and the usage of the Zeppelins as a viable air transport!

    ReplyDelete
  11. in several snowy cities, they pile the snow into huge snow stacks in corners of any available parking lot. Not sure how they get it so high, but I have seen stacks 20 - 25 feet high and 50 to 75 feet in diameter.

    ReplyDelete
  12. In our small town it is either removed by front end loaders into trucks and hauled away to a field or it is piled up in a parking lot..like at Walmart..they make some very high piles some years. In some cities I have heard it gets melted and goes into the sewer systems. In my yard it gets piled up off to the side to make a great place for kids and dogs to play.. Not much snow here yet in my part of Minnesota.:)

    ReplyDelete