Mail Tribune 100: June 22, 2014

June 22, 1914

An inspection of work under way on the Siskiyou grade was made Sunday by Judge Tou Velle, Engineer William Gerig, State Highway Engineers Bowlby and Kittridge, Samuel Hill, father of the good roads movement, and others who walked over the construction work accomplished and under way, and were entertained at dinner at the Siskiyou camp by Contractor J.W. Sweeney. The work is about one-third finished, with three months of good weather ahead. Over 300 men and eighty teams are employed, and the men and teamsters applying are put to work.

Five working camps have been established, one near the California line, one some three miles this side, one near Siskiyou station, one at Steinman and one near Barron at the end of the grade. There is a total of between 12 and 13 miles of grading, with between four and five miles completed, some of the heaviest cuts being finished.

The completed sections are 4,000 feet at Barron, nearly a mile at Steinman, and between two and three miles at the California line. The California contractors are already at work upon the road in Siskiyou County.

The road will be one of the scenic drives of America. The grade does not exceed 6 per cent. The minimum curve radius is 200 feet. The divide is crossed some three or four miles south of the present road. At the summit can be seen the upper end of the Rogue River valley on one side, and the California panorama on the other. The snow-capped summits of Mount McLaughlin, Mount Shasta, the peaks of the Cascades, Sierra Nevadas and the Siskiyous stretch on either side in endless succession.


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