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"In an exclusive report to the 'Verde Copper News' today it was disclosed that an appropriation of $100,000 for the construction of the Oak Creek Canyon highway was agreed upon at the conference of officials of the United States Bureau of Public Roads, the Forest Service and the state highway department, held in Phoenix Thursday. The allocation will permit construction of the road from Sedona to Indian Gardens, work to begin July 1, 1928."

"The agreement has been forwarded to Washington, where it must meet the approval of the chief forester, head of the Bureau of Public Roads and the Secretary of Agriculture. Having been agreed upon by the conferees in Phoenix, there is little doubt that the financial arrangement will not be allowed."

"A petition was presented to the officials by delegates of Yavapai and Coconino asking that the Oak Creek highway construction be included in the program for the fiscal year 1928-1929. The Bureau of Public Roads was represented by District Engineer C. S. Sweetser of San Francisco and S. Morrison of Phoenix, Senor Highway Engineer."

"The Forest Service representatives were District Forester Rutledge of Ogden, Utah, and District Forester Pooler of Albuquerque, N. M., State Engineer W. C. Lefebvre, representing the Arizona Highway Department, R. E. Moore, Yavapai County Surveyor, and L. J. Hassefield, also of Yavapai County, Dick Merritt and delegates from the county Chamber of Commerce were present at the conference."

"Advocates of the Oak Creek road pointed out that the highway would lessen the distance between Flagstaff and Phoenix by 48 miles and also furnish a direct route north and south from Utah to Phoenix across the bridge at Lees Ferry in the Grand Canyon, that is under construction. The north and south road would be by way of Flagstaff, Clarkdale, Jerome and Prescott and would include the Hassayampa Trail to Wickenburg."

"It also was emphasized that the road would give an outlet for the 25,000 people in the Verde Valley to the main line of the Santa Fe at Flagstaff and that it would be unsurpassed in Arizona as a scenic route."

(Verde Copper News; November 15, 1927; page 1.)

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