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Plains, Kansas... Widest Main Street in the USA

Plains Kansas

In 1901 and 1902, Albert Hempel and Don T. Edwards surveyed and laid out the  main street of Plains, Kansas. Asked why they made it so wide, they answered, "There was plenty of no-good ground, so it just as well be in a street."

Grand Avenue is nearly a half block wide. It is the widest main street in the United States, Bob Ripley once stated in his "Believe It or Not" column.

The street was unpaved until 1929, when the city council decided to pave half of each side of the street with bricks. Noticing that the street was twice as wide as most cities main streets, Simon Elliott, then mayor of the town, added a raised brick sidewalk down the center of the street. The walk, stretching three blocks through the center of town, is known as "Simon's Monumnet." The city doubled its on-street parking by allowing parking along both sides of "Simon's Monument" as well as along the sides of the street.

Today the street, including 12 foot wide sidewalks along the sides, measures 155 feet, 5 inches across, store front to store front.

—this information take from the book: "Plains, Kansas - 100 Years" by Joyce Knott


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