Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Streets and history of Westminster intersect at odd angles [Eagle Archives] By Kevin Dayhoff March 4, 2014 http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0302-20140304,0,1024009.story
When a gift of oranges was a Christmas treat in Westminster [Eagle Archives]
Many residents today may not recall the crazy-quilt "dog leg" intersection of John, Bond and Main streets, or the equally mismatched collision of Main and Liberty streets, Railroad Avenue, and the train tracks in Westminster.
Years ago, these intersections did not look anything like they do now. Today, they form a perfect "cross."
But years ago, a motorist traveling south on John Street or Railroad Avenue had to make a 90-degree right turn onto Main Street, then hang a quick left to get on either Liberty or Bond Street and get through the intersection.
It may have worked well enough in the horse and buggy days. But by the 1970s, it was nuts.
Finally, sanity ruled and the two intersections and the bridge over the railroad tracks on East Green Street were rebuilt in the mid-1970s.
Many years ago, the area that we now know as John and Carroll streets in Westminster was known as the "space between."
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