THE HILL - BRICK ROADWAY
Have you ever noticed that steep little street made with brick pavers? That's the north end of Spring Street and it's the last section of brick pavement left exposed in Elgin. It was built in the 1930s as part of the public works project to help employ people during the Great Depression. The bricks used in its construction were removed from the Kimball Street Bridge which underwent a renovation at about the same time. This small section of roadway lead to the Slade Avenue pumping station which once stood near here. The pumping station was part of the city's water distribution system.