Jul 15, 2013 - StaffRiverton citizens and civic leaders engaged in an argument for a decade about whether -- and how -- to pave the city's streets.
A plan to "oil" the streets was canceled at the 11th hour in the late 1940s amid heated controversy about sidewalks, curbs, gutters and irrigation ditches connected to the proposal.
Eventually, the arrival of the great uranium boom that began in the mid-1950s convinced the majority that a modern paving program was required.
Work began as soon as school was out in 1956, continuing for a full year in sequence across five separate paving districts around the city.
Corresponding placement of new sewer and water mains accompanied the paving, and Mayor Willa Wales Corbitt pushed for the inclusion of full curb and gutter throughout the city.
Only a few city blocks didn't get the full treatment.
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