Help Hayes with his Sidewalk Question

BridgeSquareSidewalkFor those of you who don’t follow Hayes (Scriven of the Northfield Historical Society) on Twitter, late yesterday he posted a question. He wants to know if anyone can tell him the height of  the sidewalk (marked with the red arrow) in this cool photo (click on photo to enlarge) from the Historical Society’s archives.

Know the answer, contact Hayes.  I’m sure there’s a nifty prize…or at least  he’ll buy you a drink at their upcoming auction.


  1. I think I can come up with a nifty prize for the winner!

    October 27, 2009
  2. john george said:

    It appears to be shoulder high to a horse which, depending on the breed of horse, is about 42″.

    October 27, 2009
  3. Michael Lane said:

    That looks a lot like Dan Freeman’s horse. Ask him.

    October 27, 2009
  4. Jane Moline said:

    I don’t know the height of that curb–but I do know it was common for the height to be about 24 inches so that you could get in and out of your buggy without using a step stool.  In 1996 they tore the old curb out at 309 Railway St in Dundas–and that one was about 24″ and dated back to the buggy days.

    October 29, 2009
  5. John Colling said:

    It looks to me like there may be a fence along the sidewalk, that gives the appearance of a ledge along the edge of the walk.

    October 29, 2009

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