Carriage Blocks and Hitching PostsNovember 7, 2012
While strolling around Layfayette Square a few weeks ago, I noticed for the first time that several homes around the square have stone blocks out near the curb in front of them.
A carriage step is a block of stone placed near the edge of the street usually in line with the front doorway of a home, it served as a stepping stone to help passengers as they climbed in and out of carriages. Popular back in the horse and buggy days of the 19th century carriage steps could be seen in towns and cities all over the United States. They are rarely seen in the present day as most carriage steps have been destroyed because they became obsolete when cars took over as primary transportation. – Carriage Steps in the United States
Just in case you didn’t click the link, that quote is the description of a youtube video. I must not be using the right search terms.
Despite an apparent lack of interest on the internet, I personally find these relics of our horse-drawn past fascinating. In the photo above, a carriage stone advertises the mansion’s owner. Dr. Luytie’s company is still in operation today as 1-800-HOMEOPATHY.
These reminders of a seemingly distant past can be found in many part of the city. Below is a concrete carriage block and hitching post near the intersection of Utah and Texas in Benton Park West.
See more photos of carriage blocks and hitching posts that I’ve noticed around St. Louis here.