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BLAST FROM THE PAST: 1912, remove all city hitching posts

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: 1912, remove all city hitching posts
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Editor's note: This column, Days Gone By, has a new moniker. It seemed appropriate since Enterprise intern Kalee Holland is writing it these days.

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100 years ago, July 1912: There is a movement on foot to remove the hitching posts on main street, south from First street to the New Park Hotel. The plan has been talked before, but when mild opposition to the plan appeared the matter was dropped. The question is now in the hands of the Street Committee of the Council, and probably will be carried out.

Hitching posts will be provided on the side streets so that there will be better accommodations for tying teams than at present, and where the teams will be safer, as the autos and auto trucks travel the Main street much more frequently than they do the side streets.

The task of keeping Main street in proper condition will be greatly simplified when the hitching posts are removed, and the street will always present a much better appearance. There will be no inconvenience to anyone by the change and a good many dollars will be saved the village in street work.

75 years ago, July 1937: Fish line shorts current; street lights go phfft!!

Park Rapids streets were lightless Tuesday night until long past midnight, all because of a small boy and his fish line.

When the time came to switch on the street lights a number of reports came in to the power company's office that lamps had burned out, and a service crew was sent out to make replacements. It was then found that there was a short on the street lighting circuit, and the crew started patrolling the lines to find the trouble.

The cause was located on the 2,400-volt service line near the sub-station below the dam. A fish line was wound around the wires, causing a short and burning out all of the street lights. Evidently a youthful fisherman had swung his pole too vigorously, and the line had become entangled with the high voltage wires. Luckily for him the boy was uninjured.

Headed by Dick Sunde, the repair crew climbed poles and replaced light bulbs all over town, completing their task about 1:30 in the morning. What they thought of careless youthful fishermen, as they sweated throughout the hot summer night, has not been released for publication.

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