Early streets in Long Beach
The paving of city streets took many years to happen.
Asphalt was not manufactured from oil by products until 1910 so it took some time to see the streets paved with that material. With the growth of automobile use, asphalt was used more and more to make a smoother ride.
Trivia fact: It wasn't until 1920 that a yellow light was added to traffic signals as a warning for drivers to slow down.