Read our earlier blog posting about the Bunker Hill Hard Road at ... https://bunkerhillhistory.blogspot.com/2015/04/a-hard-road-through-bunker-hill.html
When the first homesteaders came to Bunker Hill, there were no roads as we think of them today. You would just go out in the direction of your destination and go across country. Over time, certain paths and trails were more heavily traveled and became the early roads. As people went through the road and made ruts, it would wash deeper and deeper making the road bed lower than the sides of the road. There were no organized maintenance of these roads. People often had hard times getting to and from town.
In dry weather, the dust was six to eight inches deep and sometimes the visibility was cut to almost zero when following another vehicle. Getting stuck in the mud was one of the inevitable happening following big rain storms or in rainy or thawing seasons. Some teams and wagons would get stuck the axle deep slop. Sometimes travelers would have four or five horses per wagon to pull it through muddy roads. Not only the main road, but all roads through the area were like this at some time. After many years of traveling this way, residents of the community began to complain.
The town council, for the purpose of keeping streets, alleys, and highways in repair, was authorized and empowered to require every able bodied male over twenty-one years of age and under fifty to labor on streets, any number of days not exceeding three in each year.
The road work started in Bunker Hill in 1927. One problem that had arisen was that the state wanted to take the Lincoln Statue out when the road was put in, however, popular sentiment won out and the road was built around the statue instead.
Read more about this and other Bunker Hill, IL historical stories at https://bunkerhillhistory.org/