Mail Tribune 100
May 10, 1916
BLUE LEDGE ROAD TO DEVELOP CITY SAYS PORTLANDER
T. E. Bulwer, who accompanied the Portland business men's excursion into the eastern Washington country in quest of more trade, said it was a movement in line with that of all enterprising business centers in the northwest and the country generally and was very successful.
"It will result in a branch line of railroad from the Goldendale branch of the North Bank line to the Yakima valley," said Mr. Bulwer. "That will be another feeder for Portland. It will also serve to develop an extensive region now practically unproductive because of lack of transportation facilities, just as your vast territory in southern Oregon and northern California is lying dormant for the same reason.
"Your line projected to tap the great mining district south of Medford will transform this whole Rogue river country in a business way. It will open the way to bring you millions of dollars of eastern money that is looking for good excuse to invest in the west. But we must first show it the opportunity and then help it to develop. It is nonsense for people to say to big money: 'You must give us positive assurance of big returns or we can't help you.'
"This sort of cowardice is the beggar's ritual. We've got to get into the game of progress and get into it right. Portland was a mossback town until it starved itself out. It became a beggar. Personal pride finally loosened the locks on its money deposits and now it is becoming a business metropolis. It is reaching for trade.
"When Medford reaches out for trade it will get it; and when it gets it, Portland will reach out to Medford's trade. It may or may not get it; that depends on how you people down here look at it. Your heading straight for Humboldt bay is giving Portland business men some concern.
"Make Medford the central business point for your vast southern Oregon resources, prepare to develop them, bring business this way and you will have begun to establish a business center here that will make all Oregon proud."
Mr. Bulwer, who came down from Portland yesterday, will devote several days to looking over the southern Oregon prospect.