Enter the Speed King
Goodland’s streets were simply dirt paths until 1921, when the City of Goodland hired Cook & Ransom, an Ottawa, Kan., firm, for the sum of $109,703.60. Cook & Ransom advertised their Native American bricklayer “Speed King” Jim Brown. Main Street was to be 65 feet wide and paved with bricks from Eighth to 17th. Side streets (10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th) were to be paved for one block each side of Main Street. Street base was five inches of concrete covered with sand. Work started June 7, 1921.
More bricks are laid in Goodland