Monday, December 2, 2013

Blizzard Cleanup

This picture shows the aftermath of a Blizzard in New York City. I guess they have to clear the streets of all the snow, so have to haul the snow off. This picture shows wagonloads of snow, all waiting in line to dump the snow in the river. The picture was taken in 1899. Keeping the streets clear on those days must have been a big job.


  1. I remember the giant snow mountains in open fields in Pennsylvania.

  2. Early methods of snow removal, something I never considered before. Keeping roads cleared of snow is a big job still and I can only imagine the man hours that went into it before heavy equipment was used.
    Here is MI they use big front end loaders to make large piles in the remote parts of parking lots. In years with lots of snow, finding places for it does become a problem.
    -Anne K.

  3. My wifes Grandmother died at the age of 103. I loved to hear her stories about when she was a little girl growing up in the Back Bay, Fenway area of Boston. She told me that they had big huge rollars attached to a team of horses and they just squashed the snow down.

  4. Most places in the north did use rollers to compact the snow. There were no cars, and people got around by sleigh in the winter. There was a crew that went around and put snow down where it had worn thin.

    The sleight bells were to let you know other sleighs were around the corner. The horses' hooves didn't make any noise on the compacted snow, and obviously neither did the sleigh runners, so the bells alerted you to on-coming traffic.

  5. I grew up just north of NYC, and in my town, White Plains, they had to shovel the snow from sidewalks in the business district since there was no place to plow it to. Then they would use front end loaders to fill dump trucks and the trucks would take it to an area to be piled. There was such a place near where I grew up and while the melting snow would melt the water, the grit would cover the pile. Even on memorial day us kids could sled down the pilke in shorts. First we had to shovel off the grit, else the aluminum disks we used would get real shiny