MBTS DPW's Steamroller ... Blues? (Don't Think So!)

The Cricket's archives have a whole series of photographs from this event, showing off this big chuck of steel. Thanks to information from Frank Rezza, we believe the man riding this big hunk of steel is Jim Silva, who lived on Pine Street and worked for the town and operated this machine.  The “machine” is none other than a “Buffalo Springfield” steamroller, which became a ubiquitous heavy machine that shined during Depression-era public projects and for decades after.  (Most people, however, are far more familiar with this machine after it became the inspiration for the short-lived California 1960s rock band Buffalo Springfield that was responsible for the monster hit, “For What It’s Worth” and featured Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay.) . So, back to Manchester, and this photo.  As a small town, Manchester was very fortunate to have such a big piece of equipment.  Mr. Rezza remembers the town’s Buffalo Springfield rolled out Washington Street.  And in a major coincidence, Rezza also remembers the machine’s last hoorah was at the Town’s 4th July Parade in 1970, exactly 50 years ago, where it was a float in the 325th Anniversary celebration.  Go figure!