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Arizona republican. [volume] (Phoenix, Ariz.) 1890-1930, March 15, 1914, SECTION THREE, Image 21

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Network of Roads Through
Pine-covered Hills, Snow
capped Mountains and
Cacti-growing Deserts,
from Cliiiie to Clime
Interest in the state roads of Ari
zona, as well as in the county roads,
is at the present time as great as or
greater than it has been at any
time in the nsi. With the improve
ments the state has had in progress,
with that work done and now going
on, with the bond issue of Yuma
ounty passed, and the proposed
bond issue of this county still in tin
plans of the citizens, with the federal
law at the present time before con
gress which will provide other anil
ample funds for more roads and
letter, roads have taken on an iis
pect doubly interesting.
Heside these, there are the route
books which are being gotten out to
cover this state. The roads are be
ing signed and marked. The farm
ers and the private citizens are tak
ing an equal interest in keeping the
roads. Those in the city and out of
it are adding their equal quota of
support and cash to the road funds.
That the public may see just what
this state is doing, in the road busi
ness, and just how good are the
numerous scenic routes now in the
state, Harry Welch, secretary of the
I'hoenix and Maricopa Board of
Trade, has written an article cover
ing the roads of the state, telling
w here they lend, and what may be
seen along their lengths. It follows:
(By Marry Welch)
Arizona will, within the next two
or three years, make strenuous ef
forts to put into effect a bond issue
for road building. The amount that
has been suggested for the state is
sue is $',00n.no0, and in addition to
this amount there will be road bonds
issued by individual counties.
What work has been done to date
has been performed in the most sat
isfactory and thorough manner. The
highest skilled labor to direct, and
the most expert engineers to de
sign, have been secured in all
branches of road constructino. The
result is today the marked improve
ment of road conditions throughout
the state.
The amount annually expended bv
Arizona in the maintaining of roads
is insufficient to properly do the
work. The sum $300,000 will go a
very little way, indeed, and it is
only by the provisions of a bond
issue that proper work, botli for
construction and repair, can be car
ried on. But the amount will bo
used to better advantage if it can be
applied to keeping in repair a sys
tem of roads that have been wel
and liberally constructed under the
provisions of a big bond issue.
A system of trunk line highways
radiating from Phoenix, the capital
city, to the different centers of pop
ulation in the state, has been laid
out by the state engineer. Som
very important links in this system
have already been constructed, and
notably must be included some very
important bridge structures. At
Tempe, near Phoenix, and crossing
the Salt river, is one of the finest
concrete arch bridges in the country.
This spdendid structure was erected
by convict labor and is a monument
to the designer and the workmen.
The trunk lines are as follow??:
From Phoenix, there is the northern
line, which goes through Prescott
the "Mile High City," a .splendid city,
beautifully situated in the hills, sur
rounded by pine forests, and the
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center of an important mining area
From Prescott the road goes on to
Ash Fork, then one branch to Wil
liams and another to the Grand Can
yon. The Williams arm runs on
east to Flagstaff and then to Wins
low. From Ash Fork, west, another
roads runs to Needles and the Cali
fornia line.
The road iS the Grand -Canyon is
cne of delight. It is through fine
timber, and the scenery, with
glimpses from time to time of the
Grand Canyon, is of great beauty.
From Flagstaff, Winslow and Wil
liams are roads running north across
'.he Painted Desert, and reaching the
'amous Indian villages of Salpi ami
"irabi, the places where each year,
Uternately, the famous snake dances
if the Hopi Indians are held. All of
this northern country is rich in In
lian lore, legend and remains. Rare,
ceremonials, interesting villages,
i.uaint customs, strange dresses all
vie with the ever-surprising view.
Great rocks now gaunt and glaring,
ind again gruesome and gloomy.
Smooth shining sands, variety of
vegetation, ever-changing aspect of
cloud and sky. The mirage, luring,
nticing and inviting to destruction.
A vveir.1 bind rich in "stuff th;il (I
fireams are made of." The Painted
Desert that once seen lives ever in
the memory.
Within certain parts of this north
ern region abound streams alive
with mountain trout, and not far
distant are the homes of deer and
pear. Cither roads bring the traveler
near the place of the well of Monte
zuma and cliff dwellings, one of the
most extensive of which is the fam
ous Montezuma's castle.
Back to Phoenix and now south
and east through the valley of the
Salt river to Mesa, a splendid town,
c ne of the oldest communities in
this farming region. Then Chandler,
where the splendid Hotel San Marcos
is situated. This hotel is one of the
finest in the whole southwest a
pearl in an emerald setting. Com
fort and convenience, charm and
character mark the place. it is a
very villa de tranon in a garden of
delight. Then Florence, another old
Arizona city, waiting the coming ot
a. great irrigation project, which will
make the surrounding acres blossom
and bloom.
.Near Florence is the Arizona state
penitentiary. Here are humanitarian
methods being carried out in an ef
fort to do real good work. A spirit
of helpfulness is the keynote of the
institution. Good cheering tests of
strength. Encouragement, better
ment and uplift are evidenced in
directions. And it is to many of the
unfortunate ones that much of the
load work in the state is due, and
more and more will each year be
credited to their efforts and labor.
A flowing road across the desert,
iind we reach Tucson, "the Old
Pueblo" City, one of the oldest cit
ies on the continent. Here is tin
Mission San Xavier, the most beau
tiful mission building, in the United
States, a tare relic of a day Ions
gone by; a link connecting the bus;
(Continued on Page Five.)
hat Tire
Will Give the
Best Mileage
If this is a problem with you, buy a
Franklin "Six-Thirty:" as all good tires
give about twice the mileage on Frank
. lins that is ordinarily obtained.
Ask Franklin owners about this.
Franklin Six-Thirty Touring Car
$2500 F. 0. !B. Phoenix
Adams and Second Streets
New Business Lighting Rates
Make Big Reduction
The first month's bills to Business Houses for elec
tric light under the new rates show a large saving to
The new Business Rates are based upon the equit
able principle that the cost per K. W. H. shall be less
to those consumers who use their light long hours. The
February bills show that those consumers who use their
light 100 hours per month or more get large reductions.
That there are a large number securing this reduc
tion is shown by the fact that if the new rates had not
been put into effect the February bills would have
averaged 18 more.
This Average of 18 on all Business
Lighting Bills Has Been Saved by
the Business Men of Phoenix
Great satisfaction is expressed that this reduction
is secured by those consumers who by their long hour
use of light are entitled to the cheaper service.
This Reduction Means That
$18,000.00 a Year will be Saved
by Business Houses
The residence lighting reduction showed
a saving of $15,000.00 a year.
A Total Saving in Business and
Residence Lighting of
$33,000.00 a Year
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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