Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Water Wagon

Perhaps the middle of March is not the time to worry about dry, dusty streets but, there is something about this image that caught my attention tonight. In the days before the roads in Annapolis Royal were paved, the water wagon would be used to wet the streets. Wagon wheels, early automobiles, horses and oxen could raise quite a cloud of dust on warm summer days. With a bit of water the dust was kept to a minimum. The Town of Annapolis Royal's water wagon was operated James Lewis and Son. This photograph, taken on Upper St George Street around 1925, shows James Lewis Jr. driving the wagon.

All for now,
RGS

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