EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published on Richland Source in 2014.
MANSFIELD -- Here are two photos of Park Avenue West in the snow: one taken from the square looking west in 1913, and one taken from Bowman Street looking east in 1911. Comparing them with the same stretch of pavement today, it is simple enough to see one great glaring difference: today there are no streetcar tracks.
Though it is not obvious from these pictures, this section of Park Avenue has a gentle sloping grade that dips toward the east. It may not seem important, but in the 1920s, it made all the difference to little boys on sleds.
Dick Stander reported that he and his buddies started on Marion Avenue at Vennum and coasted right through this section of Park Avenue — and then all the way to Westinghouse.