to the first
Volga River Bridge
as the intersection
Main and Clark Streets
Fayette House Hotel,
First Bank, left-middle
dirt street, board walks,
electrical poles, water system
West side of
Main Street, with the1862 bridge on the left side, with the First bank
the three story building one third the way from the left side
OF BRIDGES--from Chats by O.W.S, 1938-43.
In the minutes for the meeting of the Fayette County Supervisors on June 2,
1862, it was reported that the bridge across the Volga at Fayette had just
been completed. Prior to that date river fords were used.
In very old deeds for the Westfield mill property there is reference to a
point near the south end of a bridge that crossed the Volga river. This was
where the Lovers' Lane road that comes down to "Vansyckle" mill on the
east side of Westfield (and goes north to "Lynch" place, where house
recently burned) formerly crossed the river, passing up the hollow there on
north side of river, and going out north toward West Union. I feel quite sure
that was the only bridge across the Volga here until 1862 when the Fayette
Main street bridge was built. The village of Westfield 5 years older than the
town of Fayette.
East side of Main Street
with the Fayette House Hotel on the right side.
---The First Town Waterworks
System, from Chats---In an old picture of the Fayette
House from Minnie Humiston, one can see in the street before the hotel, stands
Mr. Hiram Canfield holding a hose into the air from which spurts a stream of
water. The water came from a well under the platform in the street and was pumped
by a force pump on the street platform. The pump looked like and worked up and
down like the old fashioned railroad hand cars. I (O.W. Stevenson) can remember
it, and doubtless many others can (1939).
1911 Main Street, Fayette,
Iowa, looking north from the intersection of Main and Clarks Streets,
first bridge across the Volga River at the end of Main Street. The
First Bank is right in the middle of the pic. The Fayette House
Hotel in on the right edge of the pic. An electrical system and
water systems are present. Roads are dirt or mud with a board walk
in front of the stores, and across the streets at the Main
intersections. Buggies, wagons, and riding horses are the means of
transportation, but by the next year, during the Fourth of July
celebration, the streets will be lined with Model T Fords.