And from more recent uses in France, after the 1830 revolution, when asphalt became widely used for pavements, flat roofs, and the lining of cisterns, which was "a sudden phenomenon", after natural deposits were found in France. One of the earliest uses in France was the laying of about 24,000 square yards of Seyssel asphalt at the Place de la Concorde in 1835
In 1859 they started paving in London, and by 1909 automobiles had become numerous enough to cause city and county road management to have to plan on upgrading, as this was when a lot of trucks still had solid rubber tires.
In the USA it was used on such famous landmarks at Pennsylvania Avenue by the White House and the Lincoln Tunnel in NYC
Of the five natural asphalt lake areas in the world, Lake Guanoco in Venezuela, Pitch Lake in Trinidad and Tobago, the only commercial viable source of natural asphalt in the world, and the 3 in California: La Brea Tar Pits (Los Angeles), McKittrick Tar Pits (McKittrick) and Carpinteria Tar Pits (Carpinteria)