Many changes in Manhattan as it grew can be seen in pictures of the town and can be used to date the photographs. City directories and newspaper articles can help date buildings and businesses.
Among the major developments:
1889 The first electric company was chartered.
1890 First street lights were installed.
1895 Telephone system began.
1908 Flood caused changes in the location of the Blue and Kansas Rivers.
1908 Streets were renamed and renumbered by the Post Office. In the early plan, the street numbering
system skipped over named streets such as Juliette and Manhattan Avenues. The new plan included them
which changed many addresses.
1909 Streetcar tracks were laid. The route went up Fourth Street, along Poyntz, and up Juliette to Bluemont Avenue
1911 Streets were paved with brick.
1931 Streetcar tracks were removed.
1938 Street lights were changed from those with several globes to a style with a single globe.
1953 Street lights changed to “modern” style.
1987 Eight blocks at the east end of town were demolished and a new shopping mall was built, closing off the end of
Poyntz Avenue. Poyntz Avenue was refurbished with new sidewalks with brick panels, planters, and street
lights similar to those used in the 1940s.
- Timeline and Bibliography
Pioneer Period 1853-1865
Transition Period 1866-1880
- Building Period 1881-1900
Modernization Period 1901-1917
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