May 6, 1914
May 6, 1914
(From the Rogue River Argus)
We started out on the road home, the Pacific highway, if you please. A few hundred feet from the end of the Medford city pavement we came upon the first crew of men working on the road. These men were digging up the old macadam. We done some looking before we asked any questions, and in looking we discovered that a long stretch of road had not been dug up. We asked the foreman why, and he sstated that it was a low place and that the highest knobs were below grade and a little filling was needed. And say, it is a caution the stories that are being told about the road. "Of Dago labor," when in fact the nearest to a foreigner we saw was John Peterson and he owns an 80 up Evans Creek and a home in Medford. Then "they're wasting time and money digging up what the county spent good money to put down." That is true, in part. This crew is going along with pick and shovel cutting down all knobs and ridges and filling up the low places and the surplus will all be used again within a few rods of where it was dug out. And as a matter of fact it would cost about twice as much to build the road if it was not leveled up ahead of the machine.
Reasons for Slant
From here we rode along until we met F.A. Kittredge, resident engineer who is attending to the engineering part of the work. He told us of an experience he had been having with some farmers, "why they couldn't drive on the the gol darn thing with a load of hay without upsetting." Well there are some slant to the curves, especially on the square corners. And even these are no comparison to most any place on the old roadbed for two loads of hay to pass. But why the slant, why not level around the corner? Well four letters gives the answer, "fool," and the slant is not to save his neck, oh no, but the innocent victim he has with him. A number of machines have gone into the fence on this piece of road because the "fool" was driving so fast he could not make the turn.