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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 16, 1920

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

Oct. 16, 1920


Ashland, Oct. 15. — “I knew by the smoke that so gracefully curled,” the preamble to one of Moore’s poetic sentiments, may be given a local coloring at the auto camp grounds, if a suggestion extremely opportune, is carried out. This refers to the erection of a commodious shelter on the premises equipped with a huge fire place, dispensing a genial glow these crisp autumn mornings and cool evenings. The installation of such a convenience, aside from its romantic bearing as depicting a phase of the out-of-door life in the midst of typical surroundings, would also prove a most important adjunct to the physical equipment of the auto camp grounds, in fact it would cap the climax of attractions, both natural and artificial, existing at that popular resort.

The past season has shown the wisdom displayed earlier in the year, of having the camp’s advantages exploited far and wide in a sort of traveler’s circulating library as it were.

A specific instance is the publicity secured through pages of the “Photomobile Tourist,” a wonderfully attractive publication which is nominally a comprehensive guidebook of the main routes of motor travel throughout the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Scenic attraction are not overlooked in descriptive pages interspersed with formal schedule relative to highway travel, and photo reproductions of splendid views frequently appear as kodaked from the running board of an automobile, notable a number of pictures applying to Ashland’s park, and the auto camp grounds, supplemented by descriptive text.

Neither are material needs being overlooked in favor of pleasure and recreation features. Locally the Dead Indian road has been visibly improved by grading, the work to be continued by units. A special tax levy in District No. 1 was carried sometime ago, which means that from $5,000 to $7,000 will be available in installments for this work. The trio of Moore Brothers, Frank, Ed and Harry, are enthusiastic over highway development in that sections, knowing full well what it means in facilitating heavy traffic operations. Take the major items of wood, for instance. Whereas Ed Moore has probably not cruised all the tall timber in that locality, he is sanguine that there are millions of cords of wood available, and does not hesitate to place the amount in sight as “enough to last Ashland a thousand years.” He is not satisfied in having the Dead Indian road merely graded, but insists that it should also be graveled sooner or later. In the event of another wood famine that forthcoming winter, it would provide an object lesson in the matter of neglecting highway conditions, the betterment of which at our very doors would lead to a heavy amount of development work, especially in the timber belt of the Dead Indian country. The Moores and many other lean towards the “T. N. T.” hypotheses, which in reflecting their energetic views, urges that “traffic needs ‘tention.”

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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