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THE STJXDAT OIZTSGOXTAX, ' POKTTjAXD, FEBRT7ATIT 18, 1917.
WANTS GOOD ROADS
OPENING OF INTERSTATE BRIDGE PROVIDES NEW SCENIC
FIELDS 'FOR MOTORING PARTIES FROM CITY OF PORTLAND
Interesting Places in State of Washington May Be Reached After Few Hours of Driving; Vancouver Is Center of Travel After Crossing Columbia
River; Road East on North Bank.of Stream Is Rough in Winter, Says Salesmanager of Mitchell, Lewis & Staver Company, Who Provides Log.
H. L. KEATS AUTO CO.
Broadway at Burnside. Broadway 5368
Now Demonstrating the New 3400 R. M. P. $1090
F. O. B. Factory.
See the Chandler Four-Passenger Roadster
J. W. Morris, Consulting En
gineer, Visualizes Result of
Giving Tourist Welcome.
CERLTNGER MOTOR CAR CO..
363 Oregon SU East End of Steel Bridge
17 J T Francis Motor Car Exchange
rOrfl VCLTS Phone E. 1199 E. 13th at Hawthorne
1SS Dtwi, S5 Per Month.
ALL-WINTER TRAVEL AIM
Every Advantage Will Be Offered
Drivers of Oregon, and Visitors
and Wonder of Views Is
Held Great Attraction.
BY J. W. MORRIS.
Consulting Engineer, Oregon State
"With i. system .of 365-day. roads run
ning north, south, east and west. Ore
eon, with her natural advantages, will
nave more to offer the motorist than
any state in the Union. For the first
time in its history, the Legislature has
enacted pome real, genuine good roads
laws which will result in something we
can ride upon instead of read about.
It is unreasonable to expect some of
our large, sparsely settled counties,
alone and unaided, to grade and pave
reveral hundred miles of highways. The
Federal Government is recognizing the
need of its help to the states, and now
the state is extending assistance to Its
counties. Such a unity of effort is going
to give genuine results.
The newly organized Oregon State
Motor Association is preparing to do
Its bit. With a membership of more
than 600 in Multnomah County, It pro
poses to extend its efforts to the state
as a whole: to bring about an efficient
organization in every county in the
titate; to make our highways what they
should be, and to make known to the
world what we have to offer to the
Aid to All Promised. '
It is the aim of the association to
assist in every way possible with an
advertising campaign that will reach
to the ends of the earth; to work in
harmony with state and county officials
on all road legislation; to aid in the
construction and maintenance of high
; ways; to bring about the erection of
road signs that will mean what they
pay, and to keep them in place and of
good appearance; to compile accurate
and intelligible state maps and trip
maps that the average motorist can
follow without an interpreter.
It Is, of course, our desire to extend
very courtesy and aid to the outside
tourist, but we are by no means over
looking the thirty-odd thousand auto
mobile owners of the state of Oregon.
AVhlle most of us are well acquainted
with our immediate surroundings, we
need the experience gained by others
when we start out on an extended trip.
A week-end would be all the more en
joyable if one knew just where to go,
how to go. the condition of the road
and the camping facilities. How many
times have we started out with joy in
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New aad I'aed Korda Sold oa Kaar Paymeata.
Rushlight, Ransom & Penney
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offers more of "what you actually need and want in
BRALY AUTO CO.
Main 4880, A 3881. 19thand Washington Sta.
ORRGO STtTK MOTOR ASSO
CIATION TO HOLD FIRST
The first social function etagred
under the auspices of the Oregon
State Motor Association, former
ly known as the Portland Auto
mobile Club, will be held In the
association club building: on the
Sandy River next Wednesday
evening. Dancing will commence
shortly after 8 o'clock and later
a cafeteria lunch will be served.
The affair will be informal, ac
cording to the announcement of
Frank E. Watklns, president of
our souls and wound up In a mud-hole
on some road that we should never
have attempted to navigate!
Accurate Report Aim.
Our information Bureau proposes to
afford the members -the best possible
information on road conditions. Some
times in the past, the desire of -our
neignDors to nave us -with tnem has led
to reports on roads that were more
optimistic than the circumstances war
ranted. This we shall watch closely
and shall endeavor to gain as much
knowledge first hand as possible and to
eee that the remainder is supplied from
The completion of the Interstate
Bridge Impresses us with the idea that
a. paved highway from Canada to Mex
ico is nearer than we imagined. This
recently finished project is by far the
most gigantic undertaking in the entire
distance. The portion of the Pacific
highway throtigh Oreeron Is only 360
odd miles which, with the work already
done, can be completed for $7,000,000 or
J8,000,000 not a large sum when one
considers that California voted $18,000,
000 in one Issue. I
TouriNtK Are Wanted.
Our sister state is very appreciative
f her annual tourist crop and now we
are getting ready to offer counter at
tractions which will extend the scope
along the Pacific Coast, the Winter
playground of America. Our efforts
will be not alon. the lines of compe
tition, but rather of co-operation.
Some day in the not-far-distant fu
ture we shall look back and wonder
if it was really true that in February,
1917, a motorist could not drive from
Portland to California because of the
muddy and impassable condition of the
road! I predict that within a very
few years the Winter traffic over the
Pacific Highway will be so great that
wo will be talking snow-plows to take
caro of the occasional storms in the
Siskiyous rather than to suffer inter
ruption for even one day.
A delegation from the association is
going, to Ashland this week to initiate
Its state-wide campaign of organiza
tion. Krom reports and from the good
work already done, we are expecting
Ashland to become quite an important
unit. located at the entrance from
California, they have already extended
a. welcome to tourists by placing at
their disposal a free camping-ground.
This is the spirit that makes one glad
lie came and desire to return.
Oregon Wondera Koted.
Jackson County, the "First Over the
Bars." will create a most favorable
Impression on the stranger. Many
miles of excellent, paved highway are
already waiting for him. Medford,
with its wonderful orchards, next
Kr"ts him as the valley of the Rogue
conies in sight. Grants Pass, with its
nearby unrivaled caves, will cause a
rtop. Next the scenic valley of the
T'mpqua. Then the glorious valley of
the Willamette with Portland at Its
Then the world-famous Columbia
Tiiver Highway, the Pacific Ocean on
the left, the impressive gorge of the
Columbia on the right: on east to
Idaho, or perhaps back the inland
route bv way of the Deschutes, famed
throughout many states for Its excel
lent fishing. Such a trip will bring
the tourist back again and the next
time he will brinjr his neighbors. Let's
set ready for them.
KY CHESTER A. MOORES.
ITII the new interstate bridge
open for permanent travel and
with drives to the beaches and
mountains still out of the question for
pleasure purposes, the motorists of
Portland will, providing the weather
is at all suitable, turn their attention
today and on future Sundays toward
Vancouver, that they may visit and
comprehend the great bridge and all
the new viewpoints which it intro
Mindful of this probable tendency on
the part of local motorists and of the
added probability that Portlanders,
once they have paid toll to cross the
bridge, will want to explore farther
into Washington than Vancouver, H. S.
Rodebaugh, sales manager of Mitchell,
Lie wis &. Staver, last Wednesday sent
one of the beautitul new .viitcneii
Sixes charging over the highway that
leads from Vancouver along the Colum
bia River to Camas, Washougal and
eastward, that he might give the read
ers of The Sunday Oregonian the bene
fit of his investigation.
Road la Rough In Winter.
Those who were fortunate enough
to make the Vancouver-Washougal trip
during the 1016 touring season, when
the road was in prime condition, will
today lind the same road much more
rough and less pleasant to travel, as
might naturally be presumed at this
In the late Spring and early Summer,
when days are likely to be clear and
moonlight is more apt than not to turn
upon schedule - time, the drive along
the shores of the majestic Columbia
River eastward from Vancouver is hard
Some day, so Washingtonians hope,
this road will be extended up the river
to White Aialmon. on to Maryhill and
perhaps still farther east, thereby
matching the Columbia River Highway,
on the opposite Oregon bank. In the
heart of the touring season it Is possi
ble to follow this road as far as Steven
sn. but there is a gap of several miles
between Stevenson and' White Salmon
which has not yet been cut with a
road. Skamania County has spent a
large sum of money to lay new grades
within Its borders, but because of the
softness of the road surface at this
Binre of construction there is but lit
tle time during the year that the roads
from Washougal to Stevenson are prac
tical for automobile travel.
- Butte la Scenic Viewpoint.
The great scenic viewpoint along the
so-called North Bank Highway is Bid
die's Butte, which towers toward the
sky as the rival of Crown Point, which
is farther westward on the Oregon
side. . Biddle's Butte should not be
confused with Beacon Rock or Castle
Rock, another scenic wonder along the
same road on the river nearer Steven
Biddle's Butte is about seven or eight
miles beyond Washougal. It is reached
by a side road that branches off .to the
left and swings around a rather sharp
hill to the grand summit. One or two
machines have been making this trip
lately, according to advices received by
Mr. Rodebaugh at Washougal last week.
but it is Just about all they can accom
In the Summer time this drive up the
hill Is less difficult, even easy and de
lightful in fact, and Portland motor
ists should right now mark down their
resolve to make the Biddle 8 Butte
drive during the approaching touring
But to get back to the immediate
possibilities of touring in the vicinity
of Vancouver and the road conditions
met by the speedy Mitchell Six on its
expedition last Wednesday. By lonow-
ing Main street and tne .facinc Mign
way out of Vancouver motorists will
find seven miles, of solid pavement
forming part of the regular Pacific
Highway which proceeds northward to
Tacoma and Seattle. Just now the
un paved roads of Southern Washington
are in bad condition.
Hard Surface Kxpected.
Ultimately the Clarke County folk
expect to see the Pacific Highway hard
surfaced from the present terminus of
the pavement oi to the bridge at
Woodland, a distance of about 15 miles,
with the probability that the entire
length of the Pacific Highway in Wash
ington will be paved before many years
have passed. t
. Considerable attention will also be
paid the road from Vancouver to Camas
and Washougal, which is now rather
cut up, though solid and passable for
the full distance. " It is possible that
a decision will be reached to pave a
few miles of this road, with the idea of
continuing on a permanent programme
untTl the complete Clarke County
stretch is. finished. If this is not done
the road will at least be rolled or given
a fresh macadam surface. There is
heavy travel by motor between Van
couver, Carnal and Washougal. Several
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lStrctch of BeMt Road Rrtwcrn Vancouver and Camaa. 2 Mitchell
cation Day. :t Leaccndlnic ew tradc on Vaneouver-W'aahouical
Wooda and Pnaaina; Lake Near Captain Blddle'a Country Home.
Kirxt Portland Car on Interstate Bridge Dedl
Road. -fc and S -Mitchell Car Penetrating-
Jitney busses and for-hire cars "i.re on
the beaten path continuously.
At present the road from Vancouver
eastward is not bad iroviding the au-
tomobilist ' is content to jog along at
rather slow speed. The bumps -come
too frequently to allow any top-speed
work, but there is no mud to sppak of,
except following hard rains, and there
are no hazards to fret about.
Mnd Road la Preferred.
llr. Rodebaugh, the Mitchell expert,
who knows full well how to handle a
spunky car, like the Mitchell, on any
kind of road, remarked during the
Mitchell exploration last week that he
would rather plunge through mud than
drive the hit-and-miss speed required
on such a road as the present highway
from Vancouver to Camas and Wash
ougal. He admitted, however, that
drivers of different temperament would
probably fancy a solid, slightly rough
road in preference to mud, and granted
that the Vancouver-Camas-Washougal
stretch averages up about as nicely as
could be expected of an unpaved rural
NATION'S CHAMPION RACE DRIVER RECEIVES
TION FOR HIS SEASON'S VICTORIES.
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DARIO REST A (AT 1KFT) ACCKPTIXG ClTI AXD TROPHV FROM
CHAIRMAN OF" CONTEST COMMITTEE. - V .
"To IarIo Resta, Champion, 1916." That's the Inscription on the
diamond-studded platinum fob Chairman Kennerdell. of the contest
committee of the American Automobile Association, Is presenting In
this picture to the beaming Dario. winner of the greatest number of
points in the American Speedway championship contest.
The scene Is laid in the banquet room of the .Chicago Automo
bile Club. Time. February 1. 1917. The "speed king" registers
pleasure, as thev say in the movies, very much, we suspect, because
he has Just received a $5000 check for first prize in the $10,000 Good
rich award. Johnny Aitken. winner of second, and Eddie Ricken
backer, winner of third prize, received checks of $3000 and $2000.
The checks are signed by the B. F. Goodrich Company, makers of
the- Silvertown cord tires, used by Resta in all his 1916 races.
highway. The passengers who were
fortunate enough to be riding behlna
Mr. Rodebaugh found nothing to com
plain of, as the dependable springs of
the even-running Mitchell did more
than their share to equalize such bal
ance as the roadway lacked.
For the time being, of course, and
probably for all time to come, the
magnificent interstate bridge and It
wide, attractive approach, lined for the
most part by white fences similar to
those which skirt the Columbia River
Highway, will serve as the outstanding
feature on all automobile trips Into
Southern Washington from Portland,
The barracks, directly east of Vancou
ver, along the road to Camas, and the
comprehensive views' of the river and
of the Oregon communities would, how
ever, always be fascinating enough to
draw motorists, even though they were
not privileged to see the new bridge,
Trip Required Half Day.
The trip from Portland to Washou
gal, a total distance of 26.5 miles, can
be made In less than two hours' time,
even by the most cautious driver. Th
round trip, together with the sep
arate run over the pavement from
Vancouver over the Pacific Highway,
may be completed handily in & half
day, with the constant option of length
ening the time during the season whe
picnicking Is the general rule.
Motorists crossing the Interstate
bridge are charged tolls both for cars
.and passengers. Small cars, such as
roadsters and "bugs." are assessed 1
cents for the vehicle, standard tourin
cars are charged 15 cents and big pas
senger buses carrying more than seve
passengers are taxed 25 cents. A gen
eral charge of 5 cents is made for each
The log of the full trip made by th
Mltchell-Oregonian party is as follows
Portland to Washounal. Wash., via Inter
state briilsa and Vancouver-Miles.
0.0 Oregonian building;. Klxtti and Aiar
atreets. Proceed west one block
Broadway and follow that thorough
.6 Western terminus Broadway bridge.
1.1 Eastern terminus of Broadway bridge.
1.9 Turn left on Union Avenue, official
route to bridge.
4.8 Croi Columbia boulevard and Imme
diately enter upon Interstate bridge
7.3 Beach main part of bridtte.
7.8 Reach draw of bridge.
8.0 Vancouver. Proceed on Main street to
Fifth street, turn right and follow
road with Army barracks on left.
S.T froi-'S road, go straight ahead.
H.3 Klght fork.
8.8 Hleht fork (view Portland and river
11.5 Ieft fork.
14. 5 Kllsworth. go straight ahead, crossing
railroad at 1.14 and 19.8.
18.4 Fisher Landing, straight ahead, (cross
roads). In.n Careful, rock trains overhead.
"il.2 Paper mills on right, follow boar
fence, turning with It to right.
:1.4 Cross railroad.
u:l.9 steel bridge over Washougal River.
4.4 Turn right, then left, keeping on mac
24. B Turn left into Washoagal.
26.2 Optional. as both streets lead Into
26.5 Second and Main streets. Washougal.
A complete line of '
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M I drive, One-'
aotor trucks both worm aad chain
SL, 3Vi. &, a. 7 and lO-ton tract-
GARFORO MOTOR TRTL'CKT SALES
ftS3 Alder St.
Trucks 4, lYt, 2, ZVi and 5-Ton
The Standard of Portland Business Houses.
Columbia Carriage & Auto Works,
203 Front Street
Mill Climber the t'rant Six la Without
MANLEY AUTO CO.
llth and Oak. at Bnrnalde. Phone Bclwy.
Super Six The Car with the greatest records
rBOSS & PEAKE AUTOMOBILE CO.
615-617 Washington Street
If 1 to Hupmobire Owners the VV orld Over.
HlinmOblle MANLEY AUTO CO.
AUJIUiWsv nth and Oak. at Burnalde. Pboae lldwy. SIT
r-Z Z n n - Capacities, 1, 1, 2, 3,-5, 5ft, 6, 74
lVlolr Kt Naiir PI" Tons. Complete Stock Repair Parts.
IT laUtV IX UaUl Cl F a ATWELL, Sales Agent.
MOTOR T It U CK S Washington at 21st. TeL Mar. 440
Economy records, non-stop records and smallest
BOSS & PEAKE AUTOMOBILE CO.
615-617 Washington Street.
A reliable car. built by n reliable factory. Bold
by a reliable concern. Pricea. SIOSO. S130O. fac
tory. MITOIKLL, LEWIS STAVER CO
taat Klrat and Kaat Mwrlsos street a.
Hlshsray Six and Twelve Model. Luxury and Quality
Without Kit ravHicancr.
MANLEY AUTO CO.
llth aad Oak. at Bnrnalde. Phone Hlwy. SIT
Oregon Oakland Motor Co., Wholesale.
Oakland Auto Sales Co., Retail.
522 Alder St., at Sixteenth. Main 414.
Distinctive High Grade. Light Weight.
OLDSMOBILE CO. OF OREGON.
Broadway and Couck.
Phone Broadway 1640.
CAPACITY I TO.NS
aj 1 ' 114 2 3V
875 91225 1525 135 $2875
Pricea Delivered at Portland
ROBERTS MOTOR CAR HI. Park and Klandera Sta.
JiALLOl' V WHIC.11X
Itroatlway at Oak.
I.trihiitor for Orricon.
Sotnr iiiioecuii-Ml trrrtlory open.
Write fur proposition.
Moreland Distillate ton to 5 ton. Vim delivery, Yi-
I uiii ri ton capacity.
M'CRAKEN MOTOR CO,
445 Stark St.
The "Blltwell" Serlea Reprcaeata the Utwt 4 Beat
la Motor arm. Mew Value at Medium
D. C. WARREN MOTOR CAR CO.
&H-SO North Twenty-Third Street. Phone Mala TWO.
ttti , Pleasure Cars and Motor Trucks
W 111 The White Co., Park and Couch Sts.
w w "n'-nssr Telephone Broadway 27.
, AUTO ACCESSORIES
CUT YOUE TIRE UPKEEP WITH A
ARCHER AND WIGGINS
Distributors Sixth Street at Oak
GASOLINE and OIL TANKS
B SYSTKMS r OR rl BLJU a."m
AKtl.liS. S. I'. Stoddard. lf-tric up.
-aO Corhett Blda;. Main 1479.
knows everything ElectricaL Specialist in light
in e and starting batteries. Day, night service.
GIBSON ELECTRICAL GARAGE AND STOR
AGE BATTERY CO. Alder at 12th
Th. Ri,osil-Rtrf t Garaee la now
under new management. Klrst-claaa
repairing-. Day and nisrht service.
Ruaaeil Street and Vancouver Avenue.
Tire Doctors Bailey's Tire Shop
Retail Distributor. Flreatone
Ooodyenr Tiren. Tunea ad
1 TIIK TBIANCLE.
STARK. AT TttKUTH.
Wa Stock; Them. We Repair Them.
We Charse Thena.
Free Advice and Inspection.
AUTO ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT CO.
Sixth and Bnrnalde Streets).
"Rick" Is In Europe.
DETROIT. Mich, Feb. 17. E.
Victor Spot Lights
You cannot afford to drive without one.
BALLOU & WRIGHT
Broadway at Oak. Portland
Ttiekenbacker. the big-, handsome, be
loved race demon, third in the cham
pionship for 1916. who was held up
by the English military authorities at
Liverpool, then released, only to be
come embarrassed becauso he wore
civilian attire while the rest of the
male population was in khaki, is now
en route to France. Ail of this infor
mation comes to one of Hick's friends
in Detroit via cable and letters. The
bifr Teuton is in Europe to Ket ready
for his next year's races. Incidental
ly, he Is lookinr; over the European
field, where he will have his work
shop after he (rets his parts together
as a result of his European shopping