Pages of History: A new bridge over Smith R. being delayed

Written by Nita Phillips May 03, 2013 04:02 pm

From the pages of the Crescent City American, May 1927.

According to J.J. Stockard, Division Engineer with headquarters at Willits, the project to build a bridge across the Smith River near Adams’ is being delayed.

Mr. Stockard stated that the contractors, Smith Bros, were being held up on account of not being able to receive their steel for the construction, stating that the material had been ordered and at the wharf in San Francisco for some time, but had not as yet been shipped.

The new stretch of highway through the redwoods where the new road will go will be one of the prettiest scenes on the trip when the road is opened, according to Mr. Stockard. He stated that there isn’t any down timber or underbrush to speak of in the whole stretch and that it was one of the most beautiful spots on the route between here and Grants Pass. 

American gets new machine

The Crescent City American is this week installing one of the finest typesetting machines to be found on the Pacific Coast. The machine is equipped with the most modern devices and seems almost human in its operations.

This machine will take the place of five men at hand composition and therefore will better facilitate our typesetting. Though these machines do not set type better than can be set by hand, it sets it at such a rapid rate that we will be better equipped to handle the news of our fast-growing city.

This new machine is called an Intertype. In fact, it is a Linotype with Intertype features which are much superior to the latter machine. The addition of this piece of machinery, which was added at the expense of many thousands of dollars, is another expression of our faith in Crescent City and Del Norte County. 

Mr. Turner’s bungalow

In our write-up last week, we failed to take note of our old friend Al Turner, who has been working quietly, but diligently away on his place at the cross roads south of town.

Mr. Turner has a fine new bungalow where he accommodates overnight people and has several spare rooms that he also utilizes for this purpose. He has recently built a building on the corner where he says he will dispense groceries and serves lunches at all times of day or night at what he calls a “Crabeteria” if you please.

A service station is also in connection with it and Mr. Turner states that it is his chief objective to direct people into Crescent City or act as an information bureau “after he gets their money.” 

Another place that was just opened last week was that of H.H. Koenig, about three miles north of this city, where he has a fine camp site. This is strictly a camp with toilets and water but no cabins.

Tourists may stop and pitch their tents there. Mr. Koenig has a fine little ranch where he raises small fruits and states that he has a crop of strawberries coming on that is not to be excelled anywhere.

He states that he has customers come here from Southern Oregon for his fruits on account of its superior qualities. 

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