News articles about Iowa Highway 69
The Wilson Highway
Notice that Claude Campbell of Jewell is an important part of this article.
National Highway Conference Held
at Kansas City last week decided
To be unrivaled Auto Route
The Wilson Highway, which passes through Jewell, extending from Des Moines to St. Paul, is apt to become a considerably more ambitious project than its original founders ever dreamed of. Hon. Parley Sheldon, of Ames, president of the Wilson Highway and others interested in the Wilson Highway, attended a meeting at Kansas City last week of the National Highway Coference. The big stunt at that conference was the question of a north and south continental auto route of proportions similar to the Lincoln Highway east and west. The discussion developed the fact that there is a well routed and already quite well built auto road from Kansas City to Des Moines, known as the "Saints Highway". In the Wilson Highway, which is equally well routed but newer and consequently not yet so well built a road, there is a Des Moines to St. Paul auto route. It was voted to utilize these two already marked and laid out auto routes for the Kansas City to St. Paul portion of the proposed north and south trans-continental trail, to extend the route south from Kansas City to El Paso, Texas, and north from St. Paul to Ely, Minn. and to give the name of the Des Moines to St. Paul road, "The Wilson Highway" to the entire north and south trans-continental route.
ambitious project goes through as outlined at the Kansas City conference,
the Wilson Highway is going to be the unrivaled north and south trans-continental
auto road just as the Lincoln Highway is the unrivaled east and west route
across the continent. The people of Jewell and Blairsburg and
of Ellsworth, Lyon, Libery and Blairsburg townships
didn't know how good a thing they were getting on when they got on the
Wilson, and the original founders of the Wilson didn't know how big a thing
they were starting. The Wilson Highway will develop into a
great auto route even if it remains a Des Moines to St. Paul project only.
But it will be something really big if the Kansas City conference project
October 20, 1921:
WILSON HIGHWAY GRADING
Wednesday afternoon of last week the board of supervisors of Hamilton Co. awarded the contracts for grading and draining the Wilson highway, for a distance of about six miles, starting from the Wall Lake school house corner two miles south of the Jewell depot, extending south along the lake four miles to the McClure school house corner, then one mile east and one miles south to the county line. Wish these contracts now awarded, the improvement, without longer delay, of this highway is now an assured fact, and the Record does not know of anything in the line of road improvement that gives us as much gratification as does this.
P. E. Shugart, of Nevada, was given the contract for grading at 26 cents a cubic yard. He is to start the work not later than April 1st, 1922, and to have it completed not later than the first of August following.
Shugart's bid also included $2 a cubic yard for loose rock and $3 for solid rock, should there be any.
O C. Kalvig, of Ellsworth, got the tile labor contract. His bid was 5.1 for 6 in. tile, 5.4 for 8in. tile, 5.6 for 10 in. tile; type A intakes for 16.85 each, type B intakes for 15.40 each.
Kalvig is to start work at once and have it completed by April 1st.
The National Sewer Pipe Co. got the tile material contract, 6 in. tile at 6 a foot, 8 in. tile at 10.5 a foot, and 10 in. tile at 18 a foot.
It is estimated that tile will cost about $3.600. for the job, tile labor about $2,750, and grading for the job about $10,000.
board of supervisors certainly made some good bargains in awarding these
contracts. On some grading jobs in the county the board has
paid as high as 54 cents a yard, almost twice as much as the Wilson highway
contract went for. Shugart is the man who got the contract
for similar work on the Wilson highway in Story county and he is working
on that contract now. There were a total of 34 bidders for
the Wilson highway contracts.
improvement work has been started on the Wilson Highway thru Jewell this
week. Work was begun Monday tearing out the two bridges just
north of town, one a concrete culvert and the other a 59 foot concrete
bridge with steel rail. They are to be replaced by larger bridges,
a culvert of the size known as a 3x3 clearance to be put in place of the
culvert that is being torn out, and a concrete and steel bridge of the
90 foot span in place of the 59 foot bridge. The larger bridges
are to better accommodate the flow of water in the ditch and will also
be at a higher grade.
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Summer Days Bringing Considerable Through Traffice Over Our Highway
IMPROVEMENT ALMOST DONE
tourists are already finding out that the Wilson Highway, commonly known
as Primary 16, is one of the best roads in the state. Every
day since the warm weather came a large number of cars, loaded down with
traveling equipment, have passed through town. One night last
week one outfit of tourists occupied the Jewell Tourists Park.
One car from Texas and one from Oklahoma went through last week.
Many cars bear the Minnesota license tag and this shows that the travel
between Des Moines and the Twin Cities is already being diverted this way.
Work on the last piece of gravel before the stretch that will include Jewell's
Main street is almost completed, and when this is done the gravel trucks
will commence at the end of the gravel north of town and work south through
town to the end of the gravel south of town. The gravel for
this work will come from a new pit east of town. Work of oiling
all the streets of Jewell except the Main street, was completed Monday
and the town has some very nice residence streets ready for the inspection
of visitors to the city. When the Main street is graveled it
will be given a good coat of oil, which should make it practically as good
as paving. The highway engineer was here Saturday and Monday
the road contractors took off the high spots and leveled the street again.
Every effort is being made to make the road through Jewell as near perfect