Revisiting Drive Strips


After reading a previous post, ‘Where Have All The Drive Strips Gone?’, I ‘ve been more cognizant of driveway replacements. Interestingly enough the original style double drive strips are making a resurgence. In visiting with residents who have replaced with double strips and asking why the decision was made to replace the way they did, here are some responses:



Two driveways next to each other, cement side by side was way too much concrete. I wanted to keep to the original. Drive strips were there originally, it all supports the era and style.
 We wanted to do it because it extends the visual greenscape. Cement isn’t very attractive. Plus, drive strips were in keeping with the original style of the home.
 They are cooler, temperature wise and they are more quiant.
Another drive strip found...

Another drive strip found…

–Jon Dewey

Coasting Lanes

boy riding sled

Fifteen coasting lanes were set aside Tuesday by Salt Lake City commissioners under an admonition to the motoring public that coasters have special rights.” 

So begins an article published Nov 18th, 1941 in the “Salt Lake Telegram.”  The City Recreation Department would post barriers at the top and bottom of each hill.  And every year the City’s children got their annual warning to coast only on designated lanes.

The increase in personal automobiles saw an increase in sledding accidents each winter.  The City had a goal:  No traffic accidents involving sleds.  So they designated coasting lanes and wrote regulations to go along with it.  It had to be a tough job for our police.  They didn’t always get full parental cooperation.  They were forced to play the bad guy and confiscate sleds being used outside the designated lanes.

The designated coasting lane within Yalecrest was the ravine running west from 15th East, just south of 9th South.  (Does anyone have pictures of “our kids” sledding here?)

In 1943 the City was still dealing with its designated coasting lanes.  The County, which used to designate county roads for sledding, had gotten out of that business years earlier citing the traffic hazards involved and the difficulty policing the areas.  Instead the Sheriff appealed to rural property owners to notify him if they had off-highway areas suitable for coasting lanes.  He said his office would endeavor to inform the children.

–Kelly Marinan

All photos used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved.

snowball fight sledding dec

Presenting the Original Uinta(h) Elementary School Sign

Uinta (6)

The spelling of UINTA(H) — in the 1800s the H was sometimes used and sometimes left off. John Wesley Powell left it off when he spelled the word as part of his 1869 expedition, because he said it was unnecessary for pronunciation of the word.

The U.S. government standardized the spelling later in the 1800s by setting the rule that Uinta without the H would be used for natural features such as the Uinta Mountains or Uinta Basin, and Uintah with the H would be used for man-made entities such as Uintah School or Uintah County. So that is why the school name has the H in it.

So why was the sign above the main door of Uintah School misspelled by leaving off the H? I don’t think it’s known for sure, but it probably involves one of these reasons: (1) In 1915 when the school was built, the spelling guidelines from the government were still so recent that there may still have been some confusion on the issue; (2) The contractor who made the sign might have simply left off the H by mistake, or ran out of room on the cement slab by spacing the letters too far apart and having no room at the end for the H. It might just be that simple.

Thank you to Phillip Snow for his research on the spelling of Uinta(h). This gentleman was also the one who was able to save this piece of history!


Walking Tour Saturday, Oct. 12

K.E.E.P. Yalecrest is hosting an educational neighborhood walk Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1-3 p.m. to highlight the architectural styles and historicity of some notable homes located on the 1300-1500 East blocks of Harvard and Yale Avenues.

We’ll meet at Harvard Ave. and 13th East and walk east to 15th East, then down Yale Avenue and back to the start.

We will be viewing a variety of exterior architectural elements from the sidewalk in small groups and giving a brief synopsis of notable people or events related to certain houses.

The tour is open to the public and we’re suggesting a $5 donation for participants who are not current members of our organization. A $25 per person or $50 per family annual membership is also available.

This is our first tour event and we’re very excited about the wonderful bits of history we’ve uncovered in our preparations.  We hope to see you Saturday!

If you don’t make the tour, here’s the program: Yalecrest Notable Homes Tour Oct 12 2013


The Match Prowler

Only a few homeowners were living on the 1700 block of Harvard Ave in early 1929.  Gaskell Romney (Mitt Romney’s grandfather) had built the earliest homes on the west end.  Residents had moved in while nearby homes were still under construction.  It was during this time, on a Thursday night according to the Salt Lake Telegram, that the “Match Prowler” struck…

Czar Winters (1709 Harvard) was a lawyer who worked downtown in the Walker Building.  He was the first to call and report to the police that something was amiss.  Not only did he notice burnt matches on the floor of his new home, but items were missing too.

The match prowler had stolen a suit, a flashlight, and MONEY!   75 cents, to be exact.

Across the street, M.Ross Richards (1710 Harvard) had to work a bit late Thursday night.  He didn’t make it home until 11pm.  He was the Manager at Richards-Barlow Motor Company.   It was a great industry to be working in.  The rise of the private automobile was giving way to a transportation revolution.  Everybody wanted to own a car.  When Ross finally got home he didn’t notice anything missing, but he did find “evidence of prowling.”

Ross remembered that his friend, Ben Richie, had asked Ross to keep an eye on his house for him while he was out of town.  Ben was the Managing Director for the Great Western Film Library.  His home was conveniently located right nextdoor (1716 Harvard).  Investigation showed the Richie home had also been entered, but nothing was taken.   (Could the police and Ross really know nothing was taken from Ben’s?)

The police felt confident it was the same prowler.  All three homes had a trail of burnt matches.

Reading the Telegram, I wondered about the wives.  Where were Margaret Winters and Algie Richards while their husbands were at work and their homes were being burglarized?  The newspaper doesn’t mention them at all.  I imagine Grace Richie was traveling with her husband.  Wonder if they ever went to Hollywood?  Or knew any famous cowboy actors?

Well, it seems almost cartoonish now– the image or a burglar using matches to make his way through a dark house.  But what I like about this story is that this is the first documented evidence (and not the last) that I’ve found of  “neighbors looking out for each other” on this one little block in Yalecrest.  Nice.

 –Kelly MarinanJan 1929 ad

Wall Dormers

wall dormers

Wall dormers are an interesting and unique architectural feature seen on some Period Revival Style homes in Yalecrest.  They are essentially a continuation of the wall above the roof eaves, breaking the line of the eaves.

Wall dormers are less commonly seen than roof dormers.  And unlike roof dormers, they generally offer little or no increase in floor space or head room.

–Kelly Marinan

Recently Restored Old World Tudor

Tudor for Sale flyer Tudor for Sale

We saw this flyer and cheered! Yes, you can restore a Yalecrest home and make money selling it —you don’t have to demo it! This is the way to care for our Yalecrest homes and hand them off to the next loving owners.

1445 E. 900 South

Open houses:
Thursday, Sept. 5, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 6, 5-7 p.m.

Download PDF: Tudor for Sale