May 31, 2017
You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
In an article in the “Republic” newspaper in 1915, there was a story about a special day in the city and county. The article stated that “Good Roads Day” was a day “when the town folks will go to the country to raise blisters and backaches while they work the roads leading to the good town of Junction City. There will be work done out twelve or fifteen miles on all the good roads, and crowds will be in charge of competent captains, who in turn will work under the direction of the road bosses in the various districts, which they penetrate.
Then on the next day it is hoped and expected that the farmer and their families will all come to town and get sore ribs laughing at the antics of a lot of us town folks when we act up in the Bingling Brothers Humbug Circus. There will be a big free barbecue given at noon, the circus will present a grand parade down the main street and in every way will an endeavor be made to give an enjoyable day to all visitors. If you live in town, go out into the country on Thursday and work the roads. If you live in the country, arrange to come to town Friday and enjoy the good times at Junction City’s Free Fall Festival.”
I think we can all be glad that we have trained professionals to fix our roads today rather than the work of those who just showed up to make road repairs in 1915.