Vintage photos of street scenes in N.J.

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“Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway.”

Asphalt is a naturally occurring building material found in both asphalt lakes and in rock asphalt (a mixture of sand, limestone, and asphalt).

According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the first recorded use of asphalt as a road building material was in Babylon around 615 BC, in the reign of King Nabopolassar. Its first appearance as a historical marvel in popular literature might be in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” when she wrote about arriving in Topeka, Kansas:

“In the very midst of the city,