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Switzerland of the West Is Opened By B. R. Blankenship
By New Auto Rofzd Into Sacramentos Alamagardo, K. M.
Enables AutasofeiMsts to Pass From El P aso and Alamogordo Through Cloudcrof t and the Indian Reservation to Ros-
' eeU Will Be Part of Borderland Route.
The consummation of a project that
for a long time seemed but a glitter
ins generality, or a cherished dream,
is about to be realized in. the complfj
uon and opHrtnf to. puMfe tawl of
what is gewcnrWar tara a? Iy5ox
Canyon aut road.
This route to the summit of the Sac
ramento mountains at Cloudcroft.' has
111 beginning proper at a point en the
Uamogordo and La Xaiz public hign
iuy, about three miles above tMs city.
From this point it runs in a slightly
i.orth of east general direction to High
Uolls, thence it "runs a little south of
ast along the side of the mountain on
which Cloucroft is situated until it
i aches that mountain city.
In traversing this route it passes
through what is known as Dry can--
on and Box canyon to High Rolls and
from there along the south side of
Haynes caayon Btil it reaches the
topmost crest ef the Mountain range.
Cats tie- Distance.
From the point at which the road
leaves the Alamogordo and La Luz
i oad. the distance is about one mile to
i he mouth f Dry canyon. Thence it
i uns along the north side of this can
i on until it reaches the divide be
iwtcn Dry and Box canyons, a distance
L aooui tnree muee. akosw ii rtuw
three miles along the north side of
jTV'X canyon to High Boils, crossing
fc, 'le head of this canyon almost In the
; o wn of High Rolls.
.vrom High Rolls to the summit at
cf udcroft, the distance is about six
mik 's- This road traverses the most
3"-H route it is possible to construct
ro. id from this city to Clodcrof t,
i ssei 'ing the distance from 28 miles,
as thi road runs as now traveled, to
in mfl os. This saving in mileage to
t ne pet "Pie of this county in the moun
t uns ai lQ -n the eastern slope in their
cung h ack and forth to the county
, at at i Jamogordo will in a few years
more tha n offset the outlay in build-
.ng the r oa, even uoug'ir is oemg
built at all enormous expense.
St rpasIng in Beauty.
As a set "ic attraction, portions of
this road w.91 surpass anything in. this
s.-ction of ae country and will equal
in beauty ad dnrability the far-famed
highways of the Alps, and but for the
look of the quaint Swiss chalets nest
ling at inters als upon the mountain
s' des. would vt'ry much resemble these
scenic wozfliex s of the old world.
However, attra ctive mountain homes
are begmnlmp ' he a pleasing fea
ture of the Ian dscape in the Sacra
A I-ralt&'nl Country.
Vdjacent lio th se homes and sur-
'..unding tMee along the aanyons are
rlendid orchards tearing all kinds of
f uns and provtog ia source of consid
erable profit to the lucky owners: with
ine aaveni ui ueiier irauspuruiuuu ia
cilities more development along this
line will be the result.
To the novice in things pertaining
to the mountains and mountain climb
ing, the scenery along this road as it
enters aed follows the meanderings of
Dry canyon will prove a most novel
sight, but as it crosses the divide and
threads 'its way along the sides of Box
canyon hundreds of feet above the
leaping water below, a view is pre
sented that will appeal to the admira
tion of the most experienced moun
taineer. At each turn of the road new
vistas are presented and new altitudes
are reached, the road itself seeming
only a tiny shelf upon, the immense
stretches of the steep mountain side.
To Great Heights.
As the road pursues its upward
course, the distances from the roadbed
below to the water in the canyon and
above to the summit, increases until
the former reaches about 1000 feet and
the latter about 1200, 4nd snch is the
incline of the mountain side that a
person can stand in the road and throw
a stone across the bottom of the can
yon. In places such has been the construc
tion of the road through the immense
boulders of rock that ifee overhanging
rock will afford ample Shelter In the
event oi rain, snow or otner aisturD
ances of the elements.
As the road nears the head of the
canyon the three sides gradually come
together, the waters hundreds of feet
below seek lower levels by a series of
beautiful falls and cascades fill the
echoing eliffs -with reverberating
The Scenery Beautiful.
About half way up Box canyon the
road enters the timber line and above
and below, wherever it is possible for
a tree or dhrub to find a footing, cedar,
pinon and other mountain growth
abound. The class of vegetable growth
varies as the higher levels are reached
and, towards the summit, immense for
ests of nine are found. In these moun
tains there is no realisation whatever
that this is "the barren west," for
there is no vestige of anything that
usually characterizes the western
plains. In beauty of scenery and cli
mate the country traversed by this
mountain highway will appeal to the
most discriminating, and a trip over
the route will amply repay anyone.
Along this route there are two
towns. High Rolls and Mountain Park,
about one mile apart, situated in a
beautiful mountain valley. Both of
these places are located on the line of
the Alamogordo and Sacramento moun
tain railway, which runs from Alamo
gordo to Cloudcroft. Between these
Places the auto highway parallels the
railroad, though at many other points
The Car With
TN announcing to tre"public the fact that we have secured the agency for the Oakland
- cars, we simply extend to you an invitation to see and examine Oaklands. This is
all we ask: the opportunity of proving to you the claims made here relative to our cars.
Oakland cars will always make the necessary and correct impression for us.
The 1913 Oaklands are distinctive, beautiful models and deserve the . consideration of
prospective purchasers of motor cars.
We invite your attention especially to the
$1250 Completely Equipped
"Xyj" ODEL 35 five-passenger touring car is meant for the man desiring a high class,
i. A serv - able machine, having the qualifications of costlier and larger cars. It is of
medium horsepower rating, has a cleverly designed body, and carefully finished. It repre
sents more value than ordinarily found in an automobile selling for $1250.00,. and we
predict that this model will prove a very popular one. Colors, body, dark blue and pearl
grajr wheals. i
Wheel base 112 inches; single drop frame; motor is 3 1-2x5. cylinders cast en bloc, unit power '
' t plant; selective type sliding gear transmission; cone clutch; semi-floating rear axle; brakes, 12-inch, in
ternal and external; size of wheels 32x3 1-2, demountable rims; gasoline capacity 15 gallons; Remy mag
neto, full nickel trimmings; electric lighting with storage battery. Standard equipment; 10-inch electric
head lights, parabolic reflectors, dash and tail lamps, hom, pump, jack, tools and tire repair outfit.
Longwelfs Auto Truck & Sales Co.
Jas. Tays, Mgr. 120-122 San Francisco St.
along the route each can be seen from
the other In the far distance.
Tart of Borderland Route.
This mountain highway will especi
ally appeal to the automobilist and
primarily for his benefit the idea of
such a road was first conceii-ed. When
opened for operation to the summit,
where it will connect with the Cloud
croft and Mescalero road .and thence
on to Roswell, the route will prove
one of the most popular auto roads in
the west and will be selected by a
large number of autolsts en route from
Kansas City to Kl Faso and through to
the Pacific coast. It is expected that
it will be made a link of the Border
land auto route. The road is being
finished up 14 feet minimum width and
IS feet at.all curves and turnouts. The
steepest grades on the route are along
the Box canyon section, these being
made necessary In order to get over
several perpendicular bluffs, but at no
point on the road will the grade ex
ceed 12 percent, there being only four
places on this section where this per
cent is reached, and the longest of
these is only 300 feet. The mean ascent
is approximately a seven percent grade
through Box canyon and probably less
through Dry canyon. It is also prob
able that these grades will not be ex
ceeded" on the route from High Rolls
to the summit.
A Protecting Rolling.
At points where the, mountain side is
precipitous, a railing 17111 be run suf
ficients strong to withstand the im
pact of a heavy machine. The up
rights will be set in concrete and will
ne constructed in a most auraDie man
ner. The route for the road has also
been selected with a view of avoiding
watersheds in the mountains, which at
certain seasons of the year are most
destructive. To provide against the
force of the water from the small
ravines down the mountain sides,
drainage ditches are run to the low
est points and 'culverts constructed
over them. By these means. there"" Is
no possibility of the road being dam
aged by freshets or snow.
The "Impossible" Accomplished.
Tears ago when the questions of a
county highway to the summit, up La
Luz and Fresnal canyons was dis
cussed, some of these devotees of the
most direct route who had the temerity
to broach the possibility of a road
through Dry and Box canyons were
laughed at; the task seemed so stu
pendous at the time that it seemed
almost visionary to persist in such an
idea. The road was built up the two
former canyons as it now runs, but a
few active spirits like C. B. Beasley.
of Mountain Park: Dr. T. A. Haxby, of
Cloudcroft. and Dr. J. R. Gilbert, of
Alamogordo, still clung tenaciously to
the idea that the road through Box
canyon was feasible, and the fact that-
this route would cut down 'the distance
to the summit about one-third' gave
them, a mighty lever with which to
work. About three years ago Mr.
Beasley, nrlnclpally at his own ex
pense, constructed a horseback trail to
High Rolls along the route through
Dry canyon, but detoured somewhat
from the present road through Box
canyon. By the practical application
of his efforts in this direction he in
duced Dr, Gilbert then one of tMe
county commissioners, to Rush the
matter officially, which he did with
suoh success that the county board,
composed at the time of himself. Dr.
Haxby. of Cloudcroft, and J. J. San
ders, of Tularosa, decided to under
take the construction of the road.
County and State Construction.
Arrangements had also been per
fected by which the county should
build a portion of the road and the
state the balance. Preliminary sur
veys were made by Messrs. H. LaSalle
and Josh Saulsbury, but they were
confronted with the problem of finding
someone who would undertake to do
the - work After about a year of
search for such a person, V. D. Dodg
en, of this county," agreed to under
take it, and accordingly a contract was
made with him December 1..1911, for
the construction of the Box canyon
portion of the road," commencing at
High Rolls and running westward
three miles, for the sum of $14,000. The
contractor was given a year irvwhich
to complete the work. How well this
portion of the work nas done, is veri
fied by the fact that the road was
completelv finished, surfaced and lev
eled by October 12, 1912, about 10
months after the beginning of work.
Xo Accidents of Importance.
It is also significant that no acci
dent happened of any consequence, and
yet for the most part the large force
of workmen were at labor on steep
mountain sides, where a slip meant
instant death. The casualties were
confined to the death of two horses,
one by falling over a precipice, and
the other by being killed by boulders
from a dynamite explosion. x
In the excavations for the road 4700
pouods of dynamite was used in about
6000 charges. In the construction of
retaining walls of solid masonry about
$2000 were expended, these walls be
ing built principally on the sharp in
ward turns, where there was some
probability of water from the mountain
sides affecting the road.
Building One Section Xorr.
The state has undertaken the con
struction of the lower portion of the
road through Dry canyon, work begin
ning ton this section several months
ago. This work Is In charge of C. D.
Morrill, of Silver City, as superintend
ent, and is not being done under con
tract. This portion of the road has
been graded from the intersection with
the Alamogordo and La Luz public
highway, eastward about three miles,
or about two mile? In Dry canyon.
Over a mile of grading Is yet to be
done before this portion will connect
with the Box canyon end. but with the
force of men now at work superintend
ent Morrill thinks that the road will
be ready for use in February, and in
ample time for the opening of the
coming summer season.
The Men Who Did It.
"The esfTmatedcost "of this four miles
or more is about $10,000. Tho work on
this road is now under th$ supervis
ion of J. J. Sanders, of Tularosa; D.
M. Sutherland, of Alamogordo, and
Eramett Gregg, of Weed, as county
commissioners, and J. J. Sanders and
J. A- Baird, of Alamogordo, and Geo.
M. Moffitt, of Orogrande, as road com
missioners of Otero county. These
officials are favorable to the construc
tion of the road from High Rolls to
the summit, and it is probable that
this work will be undertaken some
time during the coming summer. From
High Rolls up during the coming sea
son the present county highway will
be used, it being an excellent piece of
THE TWO METHODS IX
BUYING A.V AUTOMOBILE
i "It is my experience that the easiest
sale is not to the man who writes his
check the quickest,ays a local auto
salesman. "A good many salesmen are
delighted when they get this class of
customer, but I have found that he Is
invariably less than half sold and that
the work must be completed later. The
questions he should have asked about
the car he has overlooked, but they
must be put some time and the pros
pect that they will be strung along for
days and weeks by phone and in per
son makes the sale eventually a harder
one than It at first looked to be.
"On the other hand, the pleasure car
or truck prospect who wants to know
all there is to know before he buys Is
invariably the sort of man vho can
give a lucid and logical reason for his
act. When he buys he knows why
not sentimentally why, but mechani
cally why. So that the probabilities
all favor his needing little attention
after his 'John Henry once adorns tho
PHOENICIAN'S TO MAKE
AtTO TRIP TO TUCSON
Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. It. Arrange
ments have been made for an auto
mobile run from Phoenix, to Tucson
January 17. Over 100 machines, in
cluding those of the governor and
attorney general, will take part. Lunch
will be taken in the yard of the state
penitentiary at Florence. In the even
ing there will be a banquet and dance
at Tucson. The next nay tne son
Xavier mission, university, desert lab
oratory and other points of interest
will be visited. That evening the
Phoenicians will give a vaudeville en
tertainment for their hosts. The re
turn trip to Phoenix will be made on
the 19th. v
ARIZOKA IlEGISTKRS 1G24
AUTOS DUHIXG THE YEAR
Phoenix, Ariz.. Jan. 11. During 1312
1&24 automobiles and 228 motorcycles
were registered in the office o the
secretary of state. Of that number 4
were over 40 horsepower. The total
number of auto vehicle licenses issued
For licenses, seals and transfers
$10,458 was received. -The expenditures
for seals, printing and incidentals
amounted to S99S.50. This leaves
?9,459.50 for the state road fund.
ARIZONA TO nOLD GOOD
I ROADS 3IEETIXG PER. 10
t Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 1L A call has
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I ueen issueu iw mc a.i..uai .,... ..ww.
of the Good Roads association oi Ari
zona, to be held In Phoenix. February
10. Each county board of supervisors is
entitled to full representation, each in
corporated city or town two delegates,
and each automobile club the same
We Are Now at Our New Location
Cor. W, San Antonio & Santa Fe Streets
With a Complete Line of
1913 Roadsters and Touring Cars
We have just completed the costliest and most Mod
ern Automobile Sales Room in the South
Cold Weather Interferes With Auto
Sales Numerous Sales Are
During the past week another auto
mobile sales company entered the local
field and opened salesrooms at the
corner of Santa Fe and San Francisco
streets. It is the Longwell Auto
Truck Sales company, incorporated for
$10,000. The officers are J. J. Long
well, president; II. M. Andreas, vice
president; Max Moye. secretary and
treasurer, and James Tays. manager.
"Automobile business suffered on ac
count of the ice, snow and cold during
the past week and but few cars were
sold as a result of the bad weather.
Tom Snyder of Valentine, Texas,
bought a four-passenger Overland.
The Taxicab company bought a Cole
50 from the Longwell Auto Truck
T. R. H. Smith of Las Cruces. N. SL.
purchased a seven-passenger Abbott
Detroit from the International Auto
"W. M. Jenkins, factory representa
tive of the Abbott Motor company. Is
here on business and will go to Ros
well, K. M- to which point he will be
accompanied by J. W. Stockard.
V. R. Stiles is now in Lanslnff.
Mich., to attend to a shipment of autos.
T. M. Jones bought a five-passenger
Kissel Kar this week.
H. D. Hudspeth received at new six
The limousine car for Mrs. Charles
De Groff has arrived and is now being
driven by Mrs. De Groffs driver. The
car is a Stearns-Knight. seven-passenger
combination limousine and touring
car. It Is finished inside with blue
upholstering and the outside is black
with the monogram on the door In blue.
It cost $7060. .
DRUMMERS USE AUTOS
WITH GREAT SUCCESS
The availability and economy of the
automobile in the service of traveling
salesmen making limited! routes has
been so amply proved that a great
number will be sold this year for that
purpose. An officer of a motor car
company says that manufacturers,
wholesalers and jobbers who have
equipped their "short circuit" men
with cars have been enthusiastic in
declaring that much more territory Is
covered at a far less cost and that
the outdoor life has proved extremely
beneficial to the health of the travel
ers, which is mighty important when
this recent , injunction by one of the
greatest of the captains of industry Is
considered: "First look to the physical
health of your employes."
POLICE PATROL AUTOSj TWO
MOTORS IX WATER SERVICE
The city of Milwaukee has just put
into service two six-cylinder 60 horse
power police patrols. The Buffalo, N.
Y water department has also recently
added two motor wagons of 1560
pounds Rapacity to its equipment
N ADS BY PHOXK.
The ordinary cost of a Want Ad in
tho El Paso Herald is 25 cents. It
reaches an average of about 7O.000
readers each issue.
A carload of sash and doors at about
half price. Lander Lumber Co.
Keeping With the Acknowledged
west. Whether you intend to buy a car or not,
we cordially invite you to come and get ac
quainted; see our splendid new building and
inspect the 1913 line of the best automo
biles in the world.
There are many Chalmers. Autos
in El Paso and the Southwest
why we are selling so many cars
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An experienced auto
mobile agent in every
county in Texas to
The car of quality,
beauty, finish and
power. The car the
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