Paved roads are the greatest need of the Magic City
GREATEST NEED OF MAGIC CITY PAVING AND BETTER ROADS, SAYS AUSTIN NORTH. DURING COMING YEAR If Billings Would Hold the Trade of Surrounding Country, Better Highways Leading to City from All Directions Should Be Constructed. "What is the greatest need of Billings In the year 1909?" queried Austin North in response to a question. "Paved streets and good roads. "If we expect to hold the trade of the surrounding country we must build good roads. If we expect our city to develop as rapidly as it should we must pave our streets. "Every merchant should be interested in seeing that better roads are builded in the country surrounding the Magic City, leading to Billings. Many farmers have to come 10 and 15 miles to Billings to trade and they do not come as often as they should because of the bad condition of the roads. Build good public roads and they will come ofteuor, they will buy more of their supplies here, because it will be an easy trip, and they will have the advantage of larger stocks and the opportunity to inspect them. We ought 'to make boulevards of our country roads, make them so it would be easy to haul produce to market. The need of better country roads is one of the greatest problems facing us today. "Paved streets are needed in the city. They are needed because of the saving they would make in the cost of caring for streets, because of the added value they give to property, because of the metropolitan air they would give the city and the advertising they would do, they are needed for a score of other reasons. They should be constructed the coming year. Paving can be procured in annual payments running over a space of ten years. If the paving is done now, the city will reach a population of 100,000 before the final payment has to be made. "Paved streets and good country roads are, to my mind, the most important need of the city of Billings in 1909."