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Verde Heritage: 1954: BLACK CANYON HIGHWAY PLANNED

"Kel Fox was asked by the directors of the Black Canyon Highway Association Monday to draw up a resolution requesting the State Highway Department to start construction southward from Flagstaff in 1957."

"Beginning at Ft. Tuthill, 2 miles south of Flagstaff on Highway 89A, the new construction would come after:"

"1. The highway had been paved from Cordes to Camp Verde --- a project set up for the fiscal year 1955-1956."

"2. The highway had been built across the Verde River to McGuireville."

"Present highway department plans apparently call for construction to continue northward from McGuireville."

"Meeting in Flagstaff under the chairmanship of Don Willard of Sedona, the directors discussed the recent organization of a Highway 89 Association."

"And it was brought out that when the possibility of an access road from the Black Canyon Highway to Bridgeport was proposed to Highway Commissioner Fred Schemmer last week, Shemmer replied that it was not only a good idea but that the access should be extended to Perkinsville."

"There, presumably, it would join pavement being extended by Coconino County south from Williams to create an all-weather road covered only by narrow dirt lanes over most of the route at present."

"A general meeting of the organization was set for December 6 at Rainbow's End in Sedona, where new officers will be elected."

(The Verde Independent; Thursday, November 11, 1954; page 1.)

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