WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — For a century the town of Woodland has had steel rings on the downtown sidewalks — to hitch horses in the early years and later as a tie to history.

after an elderly man tripped over one earlier this month and bruised
his head, the city removed more than 30 rings last week as a safety

Public Works Director Steve Branz says it’s his job to identify safety hazards on city property.

The Daily News of Longview reports most of the rings were replicas. One original ring remains in place.

historian Walt Hansen says the rings were a tribute to the days before
cars and were in place for decades without problems. He said residents
donated hundreds of dollars in 2001 to sponsor replacement rings.

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