Snow Days of Yesteryear: Horse Pulled Plow Struggles to Clear Elkton’s Main Street

Except for an early brush with an unusual October snowstorm that blanketed parts of the northeast with up to 20” of snow, we haven’t seen much of the typical winter around Cecil County.  As for what the remainder of the season holds, the Delaware Climatologist notes that there’s a high probability of continued warmer weather.  Of course, we haven’t forgotten those recent heavy snows, including the big blizzard of 2010.  So while we hope winter doesn’t return with a vengeance in the months ahead, here is a photo of a snow day of yesteryear for readers.  A team of horses pulling a plow struggles to clear Elkton’s West Main Street in the vicinity of the Howard Hotel.  This image is probably from around 1890.

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8 responses to “Snow Days of Yesteryear: Horse Pulled Plow Struggles to Clear Elkton’s Main Street

  1. Love the story and picture!

    Bob

  2. GREAT PHOTO OF PAST ELKTON, KEEP THEM COMMING

  3. Interesting picture. I wonder if coal cinders were used as much back then as salt is now in that kind of weather. I can remember at Perry Point, coal cinders were put on the road after a snow. There was a huge steam plant over there fired by coal built before WWI. Smokestacks were tall enough to be put on river navigation maps.

  4. I don’t know John. Imagine, though, the manual labor required to clear the streets in those days.

  5. NO TALK ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING IN THOSE DAYS.

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