Each week, Destination Hudson presents a photograph of something in Hudson, along with an interesting fact about our town. Our hope is that you will enjoy the information, and if you don't know where the photograph was taken, you'll go find out! The answers will be printed in the Hudson Hub-Times, and posted on Destination Hudson's Facebook page and at the Visitor Center.
As winter approaches, keeping the salt dome at the corner of Morse Road and Owen Brown full becomes more important. Shown in last week's column, this was built as a temporary dome in the mid 1990s, and holds approximately 3,000 tons. Between 10 and 12 tons are used each year in Hudson, so salt is continually ordered through the season as needed. Compare this to snow seasons in the 40s and early 50s, when the small amount of salt used was tossed out the back of a slow-moving pickup truck by the shovel-full, mostly at the intersections of Main and Aurora streets and Main Street and Rt. 303.
The lack of salt on the roads and the very little traffic made winter a season of great fun for kids in Hudson. The College Street hill from Aurora Street down to Rt. 303 was a great sledding hill, and both Division and Church streets would be blocked with sawhorses. Molly White remembers her College Street home being like an open house on good snow days - her mother would feed all the sledders and warm them up with hot chocolate while they dried their soaked wool leggings on the furnace downstairs. Bud Morse remembers his dad taking him to Stow Road to sled - his father would stand in the intersection of Stow and Hudson-Aurora and wave him to stop if there was a car coming… but usually he could sled right through the intersection.