The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, September 21, 1919, SECTION FIVE, Page 3, Image 75

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This Tells You How to Drive to
State Fair.
Possibility of Long-Distance
Truck Hauling Proved.
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East Side and West Side Highways
Both Torn Up for Paving and
Have Poor Detours.
Development of Transportation by
Motor Truck Still Only In
Its First Stages.
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and the Wheatland ferry. Ordinarily
this is the favorite route to Salem, but
just now grading and other paving
preliminaries between Dundee and Day
t n have torn up several miles of it,
with one long detour that is very bad
in any kind of wet weather. Without
any room for argument, the St. Paul
route is at present by far the best
road to Salem.
To make certain of this, the writer
went over both the east side Pacific
highway and the St. Paul route to
Salem last Sunday in a new 1920 Buick
six driven by Frank V. Smith, sales
man for the Howard Automobile com
pany. Both routes were logged. Un
der present conditions the east side
highway is 60.8 miles from The Ore
gonian building in Portland to the cen
ter of Salem. The St- Paul route is an
even 53 miles.
Smith took along with him Kim, his
favorite hunting dog, a brisk young
Llewellyn setter, and also his favorite
brother, C. C. Smith, who is coast
manager for Amazoa super-tires. Both
the brother and Kim had a whale of a
good time on the trip.
Kim, it seems, is named after the
hero of Kipling's story of that name.
It's to be do-nbted if Kim knows or
cares a bark about the Wheel of Life,
Nirvana, or kindred subjects that in
terested his novelistic namesake, but
how that dog does like to hunt!
Can Kim Point f Kim Can.
Til give him a good workout or two
In the fields on the way to Salem,"
said Smith,, and did. Whenever he
came to a likely-looking field far
enough from a farm house to be out
of long bird-shot range therefrom.
Smith and Kim would pile out, climb
the fence or crawl under it, and away
they'd go after the birds. Presently
Kim would stiffen and make a beauti
ful point at a pheasant in the stubble.
For the information of game wardens
there wasn't a gun in the party, so all
Kim could do was to point. But the
birds were so plentiful he was pointing
all over the place.
Smith appeared to think a heap of
Kim. He did. for a fact. He would
give Kim a good drink of water out of
a canteen after every workout. It was
quite a warm day, but he did not offer
the canteen to his brother or others in
the party. His brother, who is from
San Francisco, said, however, that he
didn't care for any water, and that Kim
could have it all. This appeared also
to be the unanimous view of Smith and
Kim. Anyhow, Kim got it all.
If the east side Pacific highway were
all like that part of it from Portland
to Canby, the run to Salem would be
a simple hour and three-quarters'
jaunt. There is pavement most of the
way to Canby, at mileage 23.7. Then
fair to rough macadam, decidedly the
latter through the town of Barlow, to
Aurora. Follows a short stretch of
good macadam, and then a stretch of
it in rolls and folds like the top of a
glacier. A car along this stretch gives
its pxssengers a fine imitation of a
schooner crossing the bar.
And Then Another Detour.
About a mile of this stuff, offset hy
not quite two miles of pavement, and
then at mileage 32.9 comes the first
detour. After that it is, with one
happy 'paved exception, virtually all
detour to Salem. All along here the
main highway Is barricaded for pav
ing operations and cars are routed to
one side or the other over detour roads
that are nearly all bad.
This first detour, at mileage 32.9,
is ten miles long that's all! Some of
it good macadam or gravel, but much
of it dirt, and badly cut up. It must
have been fierce during the recent
tains. It twists around through lanes,
past the back doors of towns, turning
in dizzying succession from left to
right and back again, finally to rejoin
the main highway again beyond Wood
burn, at mileage 43.6.
However, this detour is now fairly
Well signed, much better so than a
month ago, due to the new policy of
the state highway commission of put
ting up detour signs on such roads for
the guidance of the poor, puzzled mo- I
torist. At one point along here Frank
Smith sought to gain some information
as to the length of the detour ahead
of us. He hailed a native.
"Where do we go from here?" sang
out Frank, or words to that effect.
The native spat thoughtfully and
courteously made reply:
"Well, you go ahead here a spell
and turn to the left. After. that, keep
on a ways and turn to the right. Then
turn to the left again and by and by
you'll be at Broadacres. After that
don't turn to the left up the 'lane, but
take the other lane to the right, and
then left again, and at the other end
of Bilkin's farm turn to the right and
you'll come to a good gravel road into
That is to say, he made reply some
thing like that. There being no short
hand man along, the directions in their
full exactness cannot be given. We de
cided to trust to the signs.
Sounds Like Riot Drill.
At mileage 43.6, the highway again,
and joy! a pavement! A fine, new
pavement, opened along a three-mile
stretch to mileage 47.7, where loomed
another barricade and a detour. This
cne also of dirt. Presently the road
got better and next thing we knew, at
mileage 51.6, we were at Hopmere on
the St. Paul route, from which to Salem
the road was all good.
So inasmuch as cars taking the east
side route eventually are detoured on
to -the St. Paul route anyway, they
might as well take that route to begin
To take the St. Paul route to Salem,
leave Portland via Sixth street. Ter
williger boulevard and the Capital
highway, paved all the way to New
bore But i the other and of the
temporary bridge into Newberg, in
stead of turning right into the center
of Newberg, turn left. A block or two
along is a sign, "To Willamette river
bridge." Follow this road, and in about
a mile you cross the Willaniete on a
long, high wooden bridge. A very
pretty crossing of the river is this one.
ti-e- stream here flowing coolly be
tween tree-ciaa banks.
Thence to St. Paul, at mileage 31.4,
very fair macadam and gravel. Beyond
St. Paul two miles, at mileage 33.2,
begins a three-mile stretch of rather
rough road, mostly plain dirt, with
sprinklings of gravel here and there.
In wet weather this is decidedly bad
stuff, and in very warm weather It is
decidedly dusty, but just at present is
in pretty good shape. Only three miles
of it, all told, and the worst of it not
quite two mile3. With this one excep
tion the rest of this road from Port
land to 5?alem is excellent.
At mileage 43.8 from Portland is
Hopmere, where four roads come to
gether. The road straight ahead will
take you to Salem all right, by the
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Luckily, this hill isn't very long, but its 25 to 30 per cent grade gives flivver
and big car alike a real test of strength. It is the Wenatchee-Lake Chelan
Oroville road, 30 miles north from Wenatchee and ten miles southeast of Lake
Chelan. The lake is only 3 miles from the Columbia river, but is 365 feet
higher than the river.
shortest route, but much of it is only
dirt. For the preferable route, turn
right at Hopmere along a good gravel
road. One mile along, at mileage 44.8,
you swing left into the Wheatland
ferry road. Thence it is a straight
away course over good road into Salem.
Here follows the log. both of the St.
Paul route and of the east-side high
way as at present constituted.
St. Faul Route.
00.0 Oregonian buildins. Take Terwilliprer
boulevard and. Capital highway to New
berg. paved all the way.
23.5 Detour left off pavement and across
temporary brldgre into Newberg.
23.8 Just across this bridge, turn left for
St. Paul. A block or so along is a
sign, "to Willamette river bridge."
Follow the sign.
25. Willamette river bridge. Straight
ahead. Road mainly good, gravel or
macadam, to St. faul.
St. Paul. Straight ahead. Road good
for next two miles.
Here comes 3-mile stretch rather rough,
nearly two miles of it dirt, but very
good in this weather. Straight ahead,
(food road again. Gravel and maca
dam. Hopmere. Here turn right over good
gravel for best road.
Turn left Into Wheatland ferry road.
Good all the way to Salem.
Center of Salem.
East Side Highway.
Oreponian building. Take either route
via East Kleventh street and MUwaukie
avenue to Oregon City, or Bast Eighty
second street road, reached via Division
street. This log shows distances on
Mllwaukl e-street route. Pavement
most of the way to Canby. but East
Eighty-second street has more pave
ment than Milwaukle-stret route.
End pavement. Just this side of Canby.
Canby. Straight ahead. Fair to
rough macadam. Rough through Bar
low at mileage 25.3, then very good
to Aurora.
Aurora. Straight ahead, good maca
dam for short distance, then very
rough for a mile.
Paving plant. Road rough here, soon
to be torn up.
Stretch of pavement, to mileage 32.9.
Detour to right. This detour 10 miles
long. some gravel, but much dirt
Turn right, then left 100 feet further
Turn left. Road pretty fair to here,
but now comes very bad dirt stretch,
practically Impassable in wet weather,
rough in dry.
Turn left.
West Woodburn. More dirt road.
Regain main highway, on fine stretch
of new pavement.
End pavement at barricade. Detour
to right on dirt road.
Waconda. Road now good, gravel.
Turn left. Good gravel. Now on St.
Paul route.
Hopmere. Turn right for best route
to Salem.
Turn left at Wheatland ferry road,
good into Salem.
Center of Salem.
State Highway Department Tells
How Roads Are.
SALEM, Or., Sept. . 20. (Special.)
Directions for persons contemplating
making the trip from Portland to
Salem by automobile to attend the
state fair which opens here next Mon
day were issued by the state highway
The Pacific highway between Tort
land and the capital Is unuVr construc
tion between Aurora and Salem. It is
not necessary to make any detours be
tween Portland and Hubbard. Between
Hubbard and Woodburn is a detour
over dirt road of about five miles
which is practically impassable during
wet weather and is very rough in dry
weather. Between Woodburn and
Gervais the road is paved and open
for traffic. Between Gervais and
Brooks is a detour which is over earth
road part of the way and is impassable
during wet weather and is very rough
in dry weather. The road is open be
tween Brooks and Salem.
The west side highway is under con
struction between Newberg and Dayton,
also between West Dayton and Mc
Minnville. The detours around thi
work are over earth roads and are
steep and narrow and very bad in wet
Traffic between Portland and Salem
should take the west side road to New
berg by way of Terwilliger boulevard,
and the Rex Tlgard road. Cross the
Willamette bridge at Newberg, through
St. Paul to Salem. Temporary signs
have been plaoed on this route be
tween Newberg and Salem.
The best route between Newberg and
McMinnville is by way of Carlton,
thence on the road on the wtest side
of the North Yamhill river to McMinn
ville. This route has been marked with
temporary road signs.
The road between Salem and Dallas
is under construction and is almost
impassable in wet weather.
The Pacific Highway between Salem
and Albany is under construction and
is almost impassable in wet w-eather.
The best route from Salem south
is by way of Livesley, East Independ
ence and Independence to Albany, Cor
vallis and points south. This is a
fairly good graveled road the ntire
distance, but it is necessary to ferry
across the river at Independence. The
ferry operates from 6:30 A. M. to 2
A. M. The charge for a machine is 35
cents until midnight and double rate
between midnight and 2 A. M.
Traffic is advised to follow the route
through Albany. Tangent, Shedd,
Halsey, Harrisburg and Junction City,
as the road through Corvallis, Monroe
and Junction City is under construc
tion and it is necessary to make short
The balance of the Pacific highway
will be - found undrer construction at
various points and short detours will
be necessary in some cases which the
traveler will find well marked.
WASHINGTON. Sept- 20. The worth
and practibility of long-distance freight
hauls by motor truck are being demon
strated as never before by the motor
transport corps' convey of huge trucks
on its coast to coast trip.
In government circles, as well as
quite generally in transportation
circles, the trip is held to be as signifi
cant and aa historic an event in its
way as was the first trans-Atlantic
flight. It illustrates the ultimate pos
sibility of a revolutionizing step in the
development of transportation and the
translation of that ultimate possibility
into dollars saved for producer and
consumer. Experts see among the far
reaching results of this tour the freight
totals of America increased, the mar
kets grown fuller and thereby greater
comfort, greater happiness and greater
living possibilities for the people.
Transportation men argue that it has
been fully and clearly demonstrated for
several years now that the railroads
cannot completely meet the demands of
traffic They see no future hope of re
lief through the railroads themselves.
It is physically impossible for railroad
rolling stock and terminal facilities to
meet the fluctuating requirements or
demand and supply.
Value In Crop Moving:.
There comes the season for "moving
the crops." That Job alone, which de
mands speed, would tax the capacity of
the railroads for several months prac
tically to the exclusion of all other
business. Then comes the season when
coal must be moved in vast quantities
and quickly.
And thus It goes, transportation men
point out. The railroads work most of
the year on thousands of little Jobs un
der the handicap of big jobs.
They point out that trucks can move
in large or small fleets according to
demand; that they are not restricted to
central terminals for loading or un
loading, but can overcome congestion
by moving freely from one to another
of the final destinations of their loads.
There is also a certain class of
freight which, because it demands spe
cial speed in handling or special care,
can best be handled on long as well as
short hauls by motor truck. Livestock
is in this classification.
Already some livestock raisers have
realized the value of the motor truck
In the handling of their shipments. Cin
cinnati. Indianapolis, Louisville and
Kansas City markets are receiving an
Increasing proportion of their hogs by
motor trucks. During 1918, in eight
months, 72,887 hogs were hauled at
Kansas City, an increase of 21,505 over
the same period in 1917. At Denver
the haulage of sheep increased more
than 223 per cent and approximately 13
per cent In cattle and 12 per cent in
hogs. In a single day at St. Joseph
Mo., 190 trucks brought in 1400 hogs.
200 cattle and a large number of sheep
Trailers Doable Capacity.
Trailers practically double the value
of the truck with but slight increase in
cost of operation. Recently one truck
running from Dallas to Farmersville,
Tex., hauled four trailers. It carried
70 head of sheep and 17 head of steers
net weight 29,500 pounds a distance
of 90 miles. Of this distance 23 miles
were over black soil roads.
Even if the practicability of the com
mercial motor truck is still in the first
stages of demonstration, its great value
ns a feeder of the railway systems and
for bridging the gaps between farm
and nearby market has been clearly
demonstrated. There is a network of
motortruck freight and express routes
from practically all local markets
throughout the United States today.
New operators are coming into the
field daily as new possibilities unfold
themselves. Vast quantities of crea
butter and eggs that would have
wasted on the farms are being mar
keted by the trucks which carry to the
farmer his requirements in furniture,
binder twine, groceries and a thousand
and one of the everyday necessities of
life on the farm.
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Private Owners Show Off Cars Be.
fore 10,000 Spectators at
at Fashion Show.
Nash passenger cars were awarded
three prizes at the automobile fashion
show held in connection with the
Sedalia, Mo., state fair. The awards
were based upon appearance.
After a review before 10.000 spec
tators who crowded the grandstand at
the state fair grounds and in competi
tion with numerous cars of other
makes the Nash entries, all driven by
owners, got first and third places in
the sport and roadster class respective
ly and third place In the touring-car
No Nash closed cars were entered.
With this elimination, three prizes out
of a possible six is an excellent show
The Nash sport model, which won
first and third prizes in the sport and
roadster class, is of attractive design.
The body, with Its long, gracefully
sweeping lines is hung low on a
wheel base of 121 Inches. It is Pal
mette green, while the fenders and
running gear are glossy black and the
trimmings, including four outside door
handles, are of nickel. Two windows
in the rear are fitted with beveled
The equipment of this model includes
legal headlight lens and five white wire
wheels. Other equipment is a tonneau
light, foot rest and robe rail. The car
has an air of refinement calculated to
please the most discriminating.
Amateurs Often Ruin Tires by Let
ting Patch Remain.
Amateur tire patching ruins thou
sands of automobile tires each year. It
is a common practice' among automobile
owners when receiving a cut or punc
ture in a tire to insert a patch on the
inside of the casing at the point of in
Jury, thinking that the damage is per
manently repaired. Such a repair will
in time ruin any tire, says the B. F.
Goodrich Rubber company.
It is good practice to apply patches
in such cases, but a tire sleeve should
always b-e placed on the outside of the
tire opposite the patched portion at the
same time. The sleeve serves to bind
Jack Herzinger, one of the star salesmen for C. L. Boss Automobile Co., returning from a late hunting trip-
Many Drive a Hot Spot
Chalmers 10,000 Miles or More
Without a Penny's Outlay
SO easily, so smoothly,
so throblcssly, comes
the power from that
magnificent. Chalmers Hot
Spot engine that it "tears
down" but little in its long
Many persons drive a
Hot Spot 10,000 miles
or more before a penny is
spent for garage attention.
Such a thing as a foul
spark plug in a 10,000
mile run is uncommon.
Grinding of valves is far
less frequent than in many en
gines of the old type.
Tires last longer
than the guarantee.
Most persons drive Quality Fint
a car about 1 0 00 o miles a
year, and ever so many go
through their first twelve
months in a Hot Spot
Chalmers withoutopening
their pocketbook, except
for gas, oil and grease.
Hot Spot and Ram's
horn turn the trick. They
kill vibration, make throbs
impossible, provide the
smoothest and the most
consistent kind of power
that comes from a gas en
gine today.
Try a mile with your
toot on the throttle.
You too will say
Chalmers is one of
the few great cars of
the world.
G. L. Boss Automobile Co.
615-617 Washington St
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tha tire, hold the torn and injured parts
of the fabric in place and prevent fur
ther chafing and rupture.
The tire sleeve and patch are merely
"first aid'' appliances and should be re
moved at the earliest possible moment.
It will pay motorists to drive to the
nearest repair man immediately after
the Injury occurs.
Burness & Martin
Fifteenth and Alder Streets
Kelly-Springfield Motor Trucks
Jeffery & Hanawalt, Inc.
Oreg-on Distributors
65 N. Twenty-third
Near Washington