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Really Bad Roads
New Jersey Shares a National Problem


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If you think this road looks bad, imagine what it was like over one hundred years before, when Swedish botanist Peter Kalm traveled through New Jersey. It was the mid 1700s, and he noticed that the local folks then responsible for the roads were "very careless in mending" them. He complained, "If a rivulet be not very great, they do not make a bridge over it; and travellers [sic] may do as well as they can to get over. Therefore many people are in danger of being drowned in such places, where the water is risen by a heavy rain."

Photograph, drivers on a muddy New Jersey road, about 1910
Collections of The New Jersey Historical Society
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