Sign of the Times

imageIf you’ve walked through Hampton Hills, you’ve likely seen a stamp such as this at various places in the sidewalk. As the neighborhood developed and new walkways were poured, Klein Bros. changed out the date, providing a history of the neighborhood right under our feet. The first walkways were laid in 1925.

Surprisingly the company is still in business, although the name has evolved to reflect the family’s development.

Apparently, Klein Brothers did a pretty good job of mixing and pouring Hampton Hills’ walkways. The average lifespan of a concrete sidewalk is about 40 years, but some sections of sidewalk in Hampton Hills are now nearing 80! We have problems with tree roots pushing up entire slabs, but the concrete’s integrity remains.