Creating Canyon Road – Pictoral (first set)

Every time I drive up Canyon Road I wonder what it took to carve a road out of side of a rock wall. And how hard would that be back in 1920 when the road was built?

It took a lot of strong men, hard work, what would today be considered extremely primitive machinery — and explosives.

Here are shots (courtesy of Pat Van Eaton) of the making of Canyon Road.

big bucket
Big Bucket
Machinery on hillside - Canyon Road
Machinery on hillside - Canyon Road
Moving Rock, Canyon Rd.
Moving Rock, Canyon Rd.
Creating Canyon Road
Building Canyon Road
Dropping Dirt
Dropping Dirt
Torger Peterson, McDowell and grandson at the Canyon Rd. Building
Torger Peterson, McDowell and grandson at the Canyon Rd. Building

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