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Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Howell Avenue Historical Sidewalks

When the Howell Avenue historic sidewalks were slated for removal, Historic Hernando Preservation Society executed a plan.  Don Moses, current president of the organization, wrote a proposal to the City of Brooksville to save a portion of the historic sidewalk.  He began by choosing a section that might be of some significance. Simply walking the sidewalk led to a portion at the corner of Howell and Olive streets that bore the date of January 6, 1914.  When Don submitted the proposal to Mr. Bill Geiger, Community Development Director of Brooksville, it was accepted.

Next was finding a home for this charming piece of history.  It was only natural for Historic Hernando Preservation Society to approach their sister organization, Hernando Historical Museum Association.  Ron Daniel, president, agreed that the 1885 Train Depot would be the logical choice for the sidewalk's new home.

Why the hoop-la over a piece of concrete one might ask;  the answer is quite enchanting.  The raised sidewalks were just the right height for a carriage to pull alongside.  It allowed the passengers to disembark without experiencing the dust and mud of the roads.  It also allowed ladies to exit the carriages without showing their ankle. 

When Historic Hernando Preservation Society was searching for gravel prices to bed the sidewalk into, Daniel Construction graciously offered to donate to this worthy cause.  The ground outside the depot was graded, and finally the sidewalk was nestled into its new home on October 15, 2015.  Mr. Jon Fields led his crew in performing this task.  

When a community pulled together, a piece of Hernando History was preserved for future generations.  Later this week, a sign will be placed to let visitors know important facts about the sidewalk.  

A dedication ceremony will be held in the near future to celebrate the installation of this historic sidewalk.

The sign shall read:

Historic Sidewalk

This historic sidewalk, dated January 6, 1914, was taken from 

the corner of Howell Ave and Olive Street in Brooksville, FL.

The sidewalks were raised to accommodate the entry and exit

into horse drawn carriages, allowing passengers to be raised from the

dusty and muddy streets, a fact which the ladies especially appreciated.

The sidewalk was installed close to the development of the

assembly line by Henry Ford.  The conveyor driven assembly line 

allowed for the production of the Model T Ford in ninety three minutes.

The operation of the first assembly line was December 1, 1913,

thus allowing average citizens the availability of automobiles.

The sidewalk was installed close to the development of the

This historic sidewalk was installed and outdated in nearly

the same calendar year.

Presented By:

Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Hernando Historical Museum Association

City of Brooksville

October 12, 2015

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