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Mail Tribune 100, May 4, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

May 4, 1920


The outstanding feature of the chamber of commerce informal dinner last night at the Hotel Medford held in honor of Simon Benson of Portland and E. C. Kiddle of Island City, members of the state highway commission, Herbert Nunn, state highway engineer, and the members of the county court, was the need of rebuilding the Pacific highway thru Oregon on a heavier and more solid basis because of the heavy logging and hauling traffic that has sprung up since it was designed and partially built, and which was unforeseen.

This alarming fact was brought out all the more prominently because a 12-ton loaded auto truck broke thru the highway paving near Talent yesterday afternoon. The need of more solid and substantially built roads all over the state for the reason above stated was dilated on by Mr. Kiddle.

It was also brought out at the dinner that the state highway commission is already giving much thought to the problem and that it would cost from $40,000 to $50,000 a mile to build highways to withstand the heavy hauling traffic.

Both Chairman Benson and MR. Kiddle declared the great need was for Oregon to construct roads to attract tourists to and thru the state, and that the idea of the commission is to have the state first complete the Pacific highway thru Oregon before even taking up the big side issues.

Mr. Benson who had just come from California called attention to the fact that the state was simply jammed with tourists and had been all winter, and that many of these and resident Californians were coming to Oregon; therefore Oregon must prepare to welcome them with roads in the best possible condition and ample hotel facilities, which the cities do not have now.

Both speakers and Mr. Nunn complimented Jackson county as the pioneer and banner good roads building county of the state and as being the first county to pass a bond issue which was all spent in building the Pacific highway thru the county, and they pledged the continuation of the backing of that state highway commission in so far as possible in the future in building and improving Jackson county roads.

Last night’s dinner did much to promote further cooperation and harmony between the highway commission, which has always existed, the good roads boosters of Jackson county and the county court. The dinner lasted several hours and short speeches were made by a number of those present lauding the highway commission and expressing gratitude for its support in the past and now supporting county good roads projects.

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