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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 21, 1922

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Aug. 21, 1922


Ashland, Aug. 21 — Beginning the present season without further delay, it is planned to go right ahead with the Ashland Canyon roadway, both city and county to join on an equal basis in the notable improvement. Members of the city council and county court, reinforced by the presence of State Engineer Reyning and Road Supervisor Bruin, have made a personal inspection of the route which will practically follow the line of the old roadway modifying some of the grades and extending the width in instances of the safety first principle. The work will be divided into sections, the initial one extending from city limits to the upper intakes from three to four miles in extent, the plan outlined being to have the work throughly done “on the installment plan,” instead of merely superficially treated as a whole. Already one may visualize a scenic mountain roadway which motor cars could easily negotiate, extending from Ashland to a point on the Southern Pacific either at Siskiyou or between that summit elevation and Steinman. The completion of such a project would permit autos to loop the loop over the Pacific Highway and return by the canyon route, or vice versa, a trip which would even rival the Green Spring Mountain roadway’s attractions.


According to comparative figures just returned from the state library at Salem, the Medford Public Library is second only to the Library Association of Portland in amount of work accomplished for the year, 1921. The circulation for the year was 65,228, which was an increase of 21 percent over 1920. The circulation per capita was 11.2 which is the highest in the state; Ashland stands second with 10 books per capita, and Portland stands fourth with 7.9.

The Jackson County library system made a splendid record, second only to Multnomah County which is served by the Library Association of Portland. The total circulation was 85,84, with a book collection of 11,209 volumes. This represented an increase of 234 percent over 1920. The next highest circulation record, made by Umatilla County, was 80,336 with a book collection of 20,923.

The work in Jackson County continues to grow, showing an increase of 40 percent, so far this year over 1921. It has been decided that the library will have an exhibit at the county fair next month. The plan is to show pictures of the branch libraries, specimen adult book collections, suggestive reading lists and children’s books.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com