Cline street in Norwalk has had a real makeover in the past several months. It has long been a busy street, but without curbs and gutters. A century ago the ditches on either side carried storm water and sewage downhill to the north end of town to drain into the creek near the present Sewage Treatment Plant. The lower end of Cline Street was nicknamed "The Gas Ditch" because of the odors it created.
Before 1850, the main road to Milan was what is now Milan Avenue and Plank Road. The two connected at that time; now they are not. In 1850 these two roads were "paved" with plank to make a toll road used by the teams and wagons hauling grain to be shipped on the Milan Canal. What is Rte. 250 north from Gallup Avenue was the Lockwood Road, not usually by Milan traffic due to the steep hill at the south edge of Milan.
In 1850, Cline Street was opened from the Lockwood Road south to East League. The land along it was mostly farm land, and the north end near Gallup Avenue was a half mile or more from the north edge of Norwalk. In hopes of having a town grow at the crossroads (where Gallup now intersects) a village of 25 lots was platted on either side of Lockwood Road, and named Clarksburg.
Some people did build homes and live in that suburban setting, but I can't find that any individual lots ever were sold. Likewise, I didn't find a notation of when that village plat was abandoned. It was named for Lester Clark of Norwalk, one of the owners. The other owners were the Ralph Lockwood estate, George Lockwood and Esther Saunders of Milan; and John Huffman, Asher Palmeter, and Park Brewster. I don't believe that any of them became wealthy through their Clarksburg project.