Some people still argue how, but R.J. “Denny” Schill jumped into action and contacted someone, somewhere, somehow and got the roads cleared. In November 1950, the Turnpike was in the process of being extended to Ohio. Mr. Schill pulled some strings and got a couple of giant earth movers to come to Ellwood City from the construction site in Koppel to clear the streets. To fully understand how big these machines are, compare the height of the people standing close by and the tires alone. The tires are taller than the doorways of the local shops. These monsters quickly got Ellwood City moving again, long before New Castle even had a plan.
The second picture is taken on Lawrence Avenue in front of Ellwood Electric and offers an even better view of the Dambaugh building. Notice the beautiful street lights and the billboards painted on the building beside the Municipal Building even back then. I believe you can still see the Oswald sign today.
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