This historic 1 mile long portion of 196th Ave NE just east of Redmond, WA still has the original 1913 hand laid red brick pavers that were once part of the Yellowstone Trail that connected Seattle to Yellowstone and continued on to Boston, Massachusetts on the east coast.
Built during the horse drawn carriage era and the beginnings of the automobile revolution the brick roadway is one of the few sections along this interstate roadway in original condition. This portion of 196th Ave NE runs between some famous horse farms and sheep farms and various private estates. Towards the north it opens up to a marshland area where hawks, falcons and bald eagles can be scene if you know what time of day and year to look for them.
The posted speed limit is 25mph and for its time a brick road did offer a speedy alternative to deep rutted and muddy dirt roads. Even with today's modern automobile capable of much faster speeds the bumpy road will test your car seat cushioning and shock absorbers as you rumble across the road way.
Thursday, May 30, 2013