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  2. Cobweb Dusting

    * So, which is your favorite(s) of the 9 posted photos!? Seems we MAY have an apartment. Should know sometime soon, tho not sure what the definition of soon is in this case, ha. Depending on when we know for sure & when our move-in date is, I may sneak in a road trip, so let me know if you would like to see me along the way. I had cardiology & other checkups scheduled for 05/17/2018 at Northwestern in Chicago, but had to cancel those & will re-schedule them (including additional specialists given the current health issues) once I know about the apartment. I may either fly or take the train back to Chicago (or maybe rent a car), then drive my 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS back to Oregon. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "There was something in the country that he said he couldn't leave" | John Denver & Emmylou Harris | 'Wild Montana Skies'
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  4. New Ridge Route website

    I look forward to seeing a link to the site. The Ridge Route does need your help.
  5. Cobweb Dusting

    * So, I finally posted 9 teaser photos on OCSH; see the entry here: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/2018/05/18/cobweb-dusting/ I thought about highlighting 2-3 pics in this post, but could not decide which to feature! Which would you have featured? Meantime, we are awaiting word about approval for a possible apartment in Medford OR. If that does not pan out, I will most-likely road trip! Anyone want me to stop for a visit if I go? Speaking of, I have been without a vehicle for over 2 weeks, more difficult for me than even I imagined. Along with financial worries, I have a few health issues developing, so I am trying not to panic. A barber, a dentist, a home-cooked meal, & someone to explore the area with me would be nice. Once things settle down a bit, I plan to return checking in here more regularly. Until then, peace. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "Someday I'll understand" | Guy & Ralna | 'Footprints In The Sand'
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  7. Whipple Creek Crossing

    Thanks for sharing this update!
  8. New Ridge Route website

    Hi Michael, Thanks for sharing this news. (Sorry I'm a little late responding, the last few months have been hectic.) Nice site. Congratulations. We'll post a link on our Resources page to it. Keep up the great work!
  9. Neon 99

    Nothing thrills highway buffs quite like a sizzling neon sign. The Spring 2018 issue of American Road takes a look at some beautiful historic neon signs on US Highway 99. What sign on US Highway 99 is your favorite (and it doesn't have to be in the issue)? Share a photo, tell us about the sign, how it made you feel the first time you saw it, and why its your favorite.
  10. Us 99 News?

    Very cool article! I am glad to see when all the research we have done gets recognized.
  11. Still alive; need ideas

    * Hmm ... where is everybody!!!!??? The last 2 days have featured awesome weather in southern OR, & I took advantage both late afternoons by walking ~45-60 minutes on a section of Bear Creek Greenway, starting at a park at I-5 Exit 21. Snapped some photos & took a video which will be included when I write a post (might schedule several entries) on www.oldcarsstronghearts.com for the photos & videos I have taken since January, some of which I have uploaded to my personal Facebook page, globally so they can be seen whether you are on FB or not. Anyway, since I last visited, made a few connections, but so far, still no place. IF we cannot find a place within the next few weeks, I may consider road tripping for a little while! Anyone want a visit if I start driving? Yes, I have a job. I continue working remotely as the Part-Time Office Manager for a home appraiser in the Elgin IL area, planning to go to Full-Time later this year; I want to get off Medicaid when I can afford my own healthcare policy. *rolls eyes* Luckily, I have other income options to check out, but meantime, I will withdraw funds from my IRA to pay some bills since expenses keep increasing. Right now, to save money on renting a car (currently a yellow Dodge charger at a very low rate), I am trying to decide if I should buy a 1991 Mercury Grand Marquis here for $1,000 or spend nearly $2,000 to have my beloved 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS shipped to southern OR. Decisions decisions decisions. Peace. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "I'm gonna ride on the silver lining" | FFH | '1 Of These Days'
  12. Still alive; need ideas

    * Gorgeous area here in southern Oregon (like MANY other places across the United States) & pics do not do it justice. But, I hope to have a new post soon on www.oldcarsstronghearts.com with many photos I have taken so far. While I apologize for not including more detail about what all we HAVE looked into so far, I purposefully kept it vague because I did not want to limit brainstorming (tho, we are already thinking outside-the-box). So, yes, we have checked Craiglist, local ads, local newspapers, area businesses, etc., & reached out to Mennonite Your Way (no response yet) & other similar organizations. At this point, we are hoping networking will help. I have always said (given experiences during my 2002-2011 road trips) we are more connected than we know. My favorite small-world story of that type is when I met a guy I had known for a few years in Oklahoma City OK in 2006 & (long story short) found out he had been taught by my grandfather in a rural OK High School. Every connection helps. Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "A dead end street is just a place to turn around" | Wynonna | 'Rock Bottom'
  13. Still alive; need ideas

    * Been a while, eh? Yes, I am still alive, but the biggest news is I am no longer in IL! A friend & I moved to southern OR 01/04/2018, but 2.5 months into the move, we are still looking for a place to call home (apartment, motor home, trailer, house). So, if you have any connections in the Grants Pass-Central Point-Medford-Ashland areas who may be able to assist us, we would greatly appreciate it. Neither of us want to give up, despite increasing pressures, stress & expenses. Meantime, since I last visited, I posted pics from the 2017 Cruise Nights I hosted at Beef Villa in S Elgin IL: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ocsh-info/ocsh-cruise-nights/ &, I have published a few sporadic posts the last few months on the home page; planning a new entry sometime soon with pictures I have taken here in Oregon: http://www.oldcarsstronghearts.com/ What is new with you!? Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 03 MGM & 81mc + 86 Mustang "We can take anything that comes our way" | BJ Thomas | 'As Long As We Got Each Other (Growing Pains)'
  14. Whipple Creek Crossing

    The Whipple Creek Crossing was a part of the main trunk wagon road from Vancouver, WA north to Olympia. built in the mid 1860's. In 1900 this road became State Highway "1", then in 1915 it became the Pacific Highway. In 1921 this crossing was abandoned. Today A new bridge is being built in the spot of the old long gone wooden bridge. The Columbian wrote up a story on the Whipple Creek Crossing. http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/mar/16/new-bridge-spans-old-route-whipple-creek/ My photos and article are at this link http://www.pacific-hwy.net/whipple.htm Happy trails Curt
  15. In the winter of 2018, American Road Magazine published a 15th Anniversary issue of the magazine to highlight the special people and places we have visited during those years. One of our favorites was Terry “Ike” Clanton, a descendant of one of the cowboys cut down in the infamous battle of the OK Corral. The story has always been seen as a paean to Old West rough justice where retribution was swift and final. "Not so!" says Terry Clanton. So we invite you to listen to a very different side of the story…what famous announcer Paul Harvey used to call…the rest of the story. Here is Terry Clanton in an interview from 2017. You can read more details in vol. 15, num. 4 of American Road Magazine. Click here to listen… Click here to download. OK Corral Podcast Final.mp3
  16. Us 99 News?

    Hello In Clark County, Washington a new bridge over Whipple Creek is being built that will reconnect a portion of the old 1915 highway that is today's NE 10th Ave. just north of Vancouver, WA. The old bridge was removed in 1922 when the road was rerouted and this section was abandoned for almost 100 years. When most places are tearing up history here we have progress reconnecting a historic route. I added maps and photos on my website. http://www.pacific-hwy.net/whipple.htm As it gets warmer I plan to retrace the route again and report updates. I am now retired and can pursue my hobby.
  17. New Ridge Route website

    Recently, I became a member of the board for the Ridge Route Preservation Organization. One of my first acts was to help create a new website for the group. The Ridge Route Preservation Organization is a group that is working to get the roadway open and maintained again. I do believe we will be successful in this venture. The new website, http://ridgeroute.org , will act as a newsletter, give updates on the roadway, and help raise funds for our effort.
  18. Mermaid Revival

    To inaugurate a new era and look at American Road Magazine, we are reviving a feature that has helped our readers dig deeper and enjoy more fully the articles that appear in our quarterly magazine. Just over 10 years ago we published our first podcast. American Road Magazine has been noted for its great photography and prolific prose. Therefore It was a novel thing, at the time, to introduce a spoken segment as an offering to its readers. In the brief decade since, podcasts have become more and more prevalent forms of communication for everything from newspapers to budding gurus. Therefore we are launching our shiny, new website with a new series of regular podcasts. They will focus on the people and places that we visit in the magazine. Today we travel back to conversations recorded in 2007 with retired Mermaid, Barbara Wynns, whom you can see pictured in her heyday at Weeki Wachee Spring. We hope that you will enjoy these conversations and join us here often. Click here to listen to the Podcast. Click here to download the Podcast.
  19. Miscellaneous Roadtrips

    Places around the country on US-numbered routes.
  20. Us 99 News?

    Mike, Thanks for the info!! The newspaper uses aggressive push advertising so it was a little hard to stay with the story on my laptop, but it is worth the effort. That section of old 99 is enormously evocative of the 1950s when I used to ride or drive it on occasion….two lanes through rural countryside, across small bridges, and under the overarching branches of roadside trees. Thanks Dave Keep the Show on the Road
  21. Ice Age Floods Sweep The Land. A Two Lane Road Leads You There!

    Curt, Spectacular!! I enjoyed your Then and Now of entering the Coulee, but I confess that shot with the steam shovel takes the prize!! It is on the curve shown in my photo. Thanks!! Dave
  22. Us 99 News?

    News from Redding - Parts of old 99 in Mountain Gate will be signed! http://www.redding.com/story/news/2017/10/21/signs-recall-days-when-old-highway-99-busy-route-mountain-gate/780505001/
  23. Excellent post Dave The ice age had carved out many features in our state. Being so close to the freeway makes this a nice little stop. The scenery is spectacular. I have a old photo on the construction of the road. I am pretty sure it was taken in the same spot as your first one. The other is from where you enter the coulee. The third is from mt trip there. Curt
  24. First Road From Fall City, Wa To Snoqualmie, Wa

    After more research this road was actually built in 1865. Because the Cedar River trail was too brutal to the animals and people who traveled on it. This road was abandoned in 1894 when the route was moved to the north of the river to Snoqualmie Falls.
  25. First Road From Fall City, Wa To Snoqualmie, Wa

    Curt, No one tops you in finding the old roads!! Dave Keep the Show on the Road!!
  26. The First Fall City to Snoqualmie Road This is the original route from 1883 built by pioneer Jeremiah Borst that went up to where the train depot would be built before the NP made it there. The road continued on to Snoqualmie Ridge and down into Snoqualmie and the Borst property. This is the most feasible route to Snoqualmie from Fall City if you had to walk. The depot was built there because it was the best place due to the terrain but also it was because (my opinion) it was on the new county road between Snoqualmie and Fall City. There was no need to build a road as it was already there. Before that (1860s) The road was more of a cattle trail (while wagons could use it) from Fall City to the Borst Cabin over the Snoqualmie Ridge. In the 1850s people traveled to Seattle from Yakama pass along the Cedar River. In 1867 the road was changed to North Bend and Fall City over the Snoqualmie River route to the Snoqualmie Pass. The Cedar River route remained a footpath. That section to the cemetery may have been started then. From 1858 to 1865 Yakama Pass was referred as Snoqualmie Pass. Hence the confusion. This all coincides with the incorporation of Fall City. Most of the current streets are from the 1880's. And that little strip of road up to the cemetery was an original section of the Snoqualmie road to the pass that connected to the Toll Road in 1883. The Toll Road started at the Borst Cabin (about River street in Snoqualmie) then to Easton. This is the reason I think it is important. As it is the very first road east out of town when the town was first settled. It stayed that way until sometime into the 1890s I am still researching that part. Here are some of my findings to support my opinion. I saw an advertisement that pioneer Jeremiah Borst was selling tracts of his land in the 80s. I forgot to save that one and can't find it when I looked again. Borst in about 1877 had a vested interest in that section of road at the time. This is the year he have may begun the work. This is a snippet from the Wagon Road Act of 1875. SEC. 7. Whenever the sum of five thousand dollars shall have been realized, said commissioners shall meet as soon as practicable at the house of Jeremiah W. Borst, on Snoqualmie prairie, and after having been duly qualified as provided in section six, shall proceed to view and locate a road between the two points named in the first section of this act, by the nearest practicable route. Said trustee shall also receive said ten per cent. of said net proceeds, and without delay pay the same to E. P. Boyles, George Taylor and S. R. Geddis of Yakima county, and Jeremiah W. Borst and Rufus Stearns of King county, who are hereby constituted a board of commissioners to superintend the expenditure of all moneys realized for the benefit of said road, under the provisions of this act. He was to receive 10% of the proceeds for his work on the road. Even though the lotteries were cancelled I saw an article from 1878 that said $180 was spent on the road from the lottery proceeds. He must have built it regardless, due to the fact he would become rich selling his land as the price would increase if there was a highway from Seattle that came through his property. There already was a cattle trail so it just needed improvements. That is why the maps shows a trail between Fall City and Snoqualmie in the 1873. In 1873 the map shows the road finished just past where the depot was. This is why I believe that the strip is historically significant to Fall City and Snoqualmie. This was the very first wagon road to link the two towns. The maps show the abandoned road and the picture is from an intact part of it that leads up to the cemetery in Fall City. ( about 300 feet) My Snoqualmie Road page is up but i need to rewrite the history part. www.sunset-hwy.com/wagon.htm Happy trails Curt
  27. American Road Favorite Fifteen Photo Contest

    Sue, Sounds exciting!! The Link does not work. Try (until it is fixed above): http://americanroadmagazine.com/photocontest Dave
  28. Ice Age Floods Sweep The Land. A Two Lane Road Leads You There!

    32Vid, Thanks! I appreciate the come back! The land forms created by the Ice Age Floods are truly spectacular, and all the more amazing when you appreciate how they were formed. The old Yellowstone Trail and to a lessor extent the National Parks Highway passes by, or very near, many sites, but they were seen as mysterious and unexplained formations. Today the story is still developing, but several experts are on the trail, and many like myself have a growing interest. Thanks again! Dave Keep the Show on the Road
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