GET A GRIP — According to Brattleboro Fire Chief David Emery, spot chains are used on plows, rescue vehicles and, as seen here, fire trucks. At the push of a button, the chain is lowered from where it hangs from the under carriage, above, to the ground under the wheel, right.
HEAVY MACHINERY — Most towns use a basic dump truck with a power-driven, tail-end sander and spinner (inset) to spread sand on slick roads. The trucks dump body is raised to let the sand slide into the attached sander.
AT THE READY — Salt is stored in Brattleboro’s salt shed on Fairground Road. The shed and adjacent building were originally used at Brattleboro’s Valley Fair. According to Steve Barrett, director of public works, the salt is delivered to the shed by truck at a cost of $50,000 per year. At right, tire chains wait to be attached to snow removal equipment. At bottom, plows stand ready for
C.L. Howe & Son
DIGGING OUT — A path on Main Street is shoveled by hand after the Blizzard of 1888.
ROLL ALONG — The town’s snow blower goes to work on Barrows Road. Brattleboro got its first snow blower in 1947. At right, a double snow roller, made of heavy wooden planks, rolls Main Street. The snow roller turned on an axle and was hitched to a team of horses or oxen with a brace that was also used to clean snow from the roller.
PLOWED OUT — Cars travel on a plowed Main Street in the early 1950s after the roller had been replaced by a snowplow.
Anna Holbrook collection
PACKED — Horse-drawn sleighs glide along Main Street after a snow roller packed the surface down.
Judson B. Hall, public works collection