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Gravel Sidewalks can Still Be Found Around the Bell Tower

The oldest walkways and parking lots in town are made of Chapel Hill Gravel. It is a granular, yellow gravel resembling sand, but much coarser, that can be packed down firmly and will not wash away during heavy rains. While mostly yellow, the gravel also has a clear touch of orange, some would say tan. This shade and many close to it are used as architectural themes colors on North Campus, especially among the original buildings surrounding the old well. Gravel sides walks can still be found on McCauley Street, Vance Street, Ransom Street, University Drive, Kenan Street and parts of Cameron Avenue. Plans are in the works in Chapel Hill, however, to replace the gravel walks with cement.

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