This week's Sepia Saturday theme has to do with snow. A lot of snow, and what to do about it. The prompt photo shows us a couple of men knee deep in white stuff. One is taking a break, leaning on his shovel and perhaps thinking, "What a mess. Sure wish that George would give me a hand."
When I think of Alaska, I think of snow. The photo below is of my step-mother, Jill Acklen Johnson's grandparents home on the Klondike Highway in Dawson, Alaska. It was taken in 1899:
In the summer, the Acklens planted a large garden. But the warm sun would not last for long:
Sure enough, snow showed up, making the work of hunting and fishing more difficult for the Acklen men:
One, two, skipping a few and heading down to the lower 48, where we now end up in Oregon. These pictures are of men working hard to keep the McKenzie Highway open for traffic in 1927. The Old McKenzie Highway was built by a few bold men, Donald McKenzie, Felix Scott, Jr. and John Templeton Craig. The pass, on HWY 242, was first opened to the public in 1872. You can read all about them men and how they forged the way across lava beds to link the cities of Springfield and Sisters. A new, easier pass and alternate route was opened in 1964. Just "click here" to find out all about that.
Here are some more guys standing around with shovels and poles, ready and willing to help cars and buses get through safely:
They are getting a bit of help from an snowplow ... yep, apparently they had them back in 1927:
Can you imagine? Did they have chains? What about heaters? What a cold, long trip. It takes about 2.5 hours to get from Springfield to Sisters using this old pass during the summer on paved roads. I wonder how long it took in 1927?
I think that I would be getting a bit claustrophobic if I were in this car. What if it began to snow again? Does that front window go up any higher? I guess they didn't have to worry about sliding off the side of the road, but what if you got a flat tire:
Ah. Perhaps riding the bus would be a more comfortable way to travel:
These days, they close the old pass during the winter months. Someday, Cary and I will cross over it in the summer and take pictures of it; it is very beautiful.
So, there you are, my friends. If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories. To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar to read whatever else catches your fancy. Thanks so much for visiting!
~ Kathy M.
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