In its seal to be in the league of larger cities of the 1880's and 1890's, Sioux City opted to use many new technologies of the day and be first in the region to have an innovation. The town, known as a "gateway city", was booming and could seemingly do no wrong. However, they made a mistake! It was composed of many pieces of wood, they were round and they would float away in floods. Sioux City had many large floods in those days. Give up? The answer is pavement made of wood. Using blocks of wood to surface a city street is a concept that does not readily come to mind. (Originally Published in Siouxland Magazine).