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Nine Foot Road (Smith Mill Road)
The nine-foot-wide road of concrete, recently restored, is the last survivor of several funded by the state highway department during 1928–1933. Atop a dirt track of the 1870s, the George Lynch Company of Wilmington poured a continuous ribbon of cement, seven inches thick. Rubber-tired vehicles could use the concrete; metal-wheeled ones, the wide shoulder. At the north, it terminates into a never-paved, vehicle-free road, now the Tri-Valley Trail, which offers a stroll along an antebellum route through unspoiled countryside. A quarter-mile east, the trail crosses another early-nineteenth-century road, now largely overgrown. Not so long ago, all Delaware roads resembled these.
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