From the November 23, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1916, 100 Years Ago.
"Monsday was a big day at Carlton (Illinois). Some forty teams and forty shovelers gathered there for the big job of unloading fifteen carloads of gravel and placing same on the road. The Northwestern railroad gave the gravel to be placed on the road running east from Carlton as far as the new concrete road.
"This gives a good road the entire distance from Waterman to Carlton.
The farmers will now have less difficulty getting their products to a convenient railroad. The work was almost entirely donated by public spirited people.
Imagine Railroads Helping Roadbuilding. Kind of Backfired. --RoadDog