Just one more article regarding the roads around 1917.  This was a very interesting time because  roads and method of transportation were changing so quickly.  I have acquired a book of maps and information about San Diego County dated 1917 and presented by the Board of Supervisors  (thanks to Pam Carroll).   It shows small maps of all areas in San Diego County in detail.  This was when San Diego County had control of Campo Road or Highway 94.

The information included in the book referred to rules of driving, safety and care of cars or trucks.  These were supplied by Goodrich National Touring Services (Similar to our AAA today).   Here is a comment regarding tires “Don’t drive in ruts or car tracks.  This certainly plays havoc with a tire.  A casing is just like a shoe, with sole and uppers-tread and side walls.  In rut driving you strike the tire on its uppers, not so well protected, and soon injure it.  Wear it as intended on its ‘sole’ or tread.”

Much was said about traffic rules and regulations.  We must remember new rules regarding courtesy of the road.  Accidents were caused daily because of the additional speed of travel.  It was a lot different and more dangerous than driving a horse and buggy.   Example “Horses once frightened by autos are often nervous long after and shy on slightest provocation.  On narrow highways watch them closely, slow down car, reduce noise of exhaust, run carefully by at a safe margin.  There may be a ditch close by, where a sudden jump would overturn vehicle.”  Most of the other laws mentioned are the same as we currently have.

Ideas have not changed much regarding good roads, just the circumstances.  Here is an article included entitled    “Good Roads”  (13)

No greater national necessity exists than the need of improved transportation facilities.  To get foodstuffs to market, to relieve congested railroad terminals and to get manufactured products from factories to the jobber and to consumer are immediate necessities that are imperative to the success of the nation in its warfare.  Road building as an economic factor in the life of the nation in the time of war, as well as peace, has become a vital necessity.

Our Government states that we must prepare and reform ourselves to face war. (World War I).  If this is true then all our plans must be on a permanent basis.  Make-shifts and temporizing must be abandoned at the very start.  We must plan for and engage upon a fixed, steady course of development of our public road system.

Road improvement programs in county and state must continue and preparation made for their completion   Upon state and county officials rest very largely the burden of this responsibility.  The improvement of roads should be made in view of their importance as traffic agencies to the nation and state as well as to the counties.  The need of their improvement ‘for America’s sake’ and ‘ for America’s immediate needs and safety’ should be the dominant idea in the mind of every official having in charge this work.”


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