Table of contents
    No headers

    -A state highway will be built from Florence to Higley to Chandler to Phoenix. Pinal County to pay $55,000 for construction to county line. County line to Higley (7 miles) will be paid for by Higley residents. Higley to Chandler (7 miles) will be paid by Chandler residents. 60 convicts will be put to work immediately.  It will be finished in time for the first state fair. The deal was worked out between Pinal County Supervisors, Chandler Chamber Secretary George Peabody, and Higley Chamber Secretary Saury.  (Chandler Arizonan 8/23/1912)

    -Map of highway can be found here.  (Chandler Arizonan 9/13/1912)

    -The road leading to the Aztec Ruins (Now known as the Casa Grande Ruins) is being built by Native Americans and will connect to Arizona Blvd.

    George T. Peabody, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and George H. Binkley, chief engineer of the Chandler Improvement Company, went to Sacatan on Friday to interview Native American Agent Thackery relating to building a through Maricopa reservation land from the Industrial school in Sacatan to connect with Arizona Blvd.

    Agent Thackery promised construction as soon as possible.  When the road is finished there will be a direct route to Casa Grande, the ruins, and Florence.  (Chandler Arizonan 1/24/1913)

    -On Tuesday, engineers started laying out several streets and alleys north of the San Marcos Hotel.  The work of grading them will begin at once, and the new thoroughfares finished as soon as possible.  (Chandler Arizonan 1/31/1913)

    -Steel bridges over canals have arrived.  George Peabody was notified by the road overseer.  The bridges will be built over the Eastern and Consolidated Canals.   They will be finished as soon as it can be laid out.  (Chandler Arizonan 2/7/1913)

    -Board of Supervisors from all counties are encouraging Governor Hunt for a state bond of $10,000,000 for a state highway system.  (Chandler Arizonan 2/7/1913)

    -Joseph Cashman takes care of Arizona Blvd for four miles out by dragging the thoroughfares after every rain.  (Chandler Arizonan 3/7/1913)

    -State Engineer Lamar Cobb has said that Chandler needs to hurry to construct their part of the road, or they will bypass the city and go where they will build it.  (Chandler Arizonan 3/28/1913)

    -After several days, R.M. Turner and George T. Peabody have raised enough funds to build the state highway for its seven miles through Chandler.

    George H. Binkley is inspecting the highway to decide which parts are the roughest, and start there.  He believes the cost will run between $500 to $800 to put the road in shape.

    By consent of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce to use the building fund for the road.

    The benefits of the highway are it allows for easy access to Chandler for the Higley and most of the Gilbert district for trading.  It also connects Florence, Tucson, and other towns by the border.  Chandler will become a stopping point to get to Phoenix.  (Chandler Arizonan 4/4/1913)

    -Chief Engineer Binkley and his crew have started grading the seven mile stretch between Chandler and Higley.  It will be graded to the Eastern Canal by Saturday, and a camp will be located between the two canals from which point the workers will continue on to Higley.  (Chandler Arizonan 4/11/1913)

    -The grading of the state highway has been finished says F.E. Blackshere, who is supervising the work on the road.  There were 14 heads of horses used to do the work.

    The bridges over the Eastern and Consolidated Canals and the culverts have not been finished which is the state's responsibility.  Mr. Binkley says the supplies are here for it.  (Chandler Arizonan 4/18/1913)

    -The first road signs in Maricopa County will be erected, thanks to the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.  The signs are made of steel enamel.  It will be painted black and white with letters three or four inches high, and  plain enough to be read from the road.  they were furnished by the Board of Supervisors.

    At intervals of a mile or morethe signs will be stretching from Florence to Mesa via Chandler along the highway.  Signs will also be erected between Sacaton and Mesa via Chandler, and from Gilbert and Kyrene to Chandler. 

    The Chamber of Commerce has been working for over a year to secure these signs.  (Chandler Arizonan 7/4/1913)

    -Marion Heffner is working to secure a rural route for Chandler.  She needs 75 names of people living within 25 miles radius of Chandler, and a map of the district and other information to be sent to Washington.

    The Chandler Improvement Company, under the direction of Engineer Berg, is creating a map of the roads.

    A petition will soon be circulated to get the names of farmers who want a rural route.  (Chandler Arizonan 8/15/1913)


    You must login to post a comment.

    Attach file