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Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission Covering the Period December 1st, 1916 to November 30th, 1918   By:

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The Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission, written by W. L. Thompson, provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the progress made in the field of transportation during the period from December 1st, 1916 to November 30th, 1918. While the title itself may not evoke great excitement or anticipation, the content within this report offers a wealth of valuable information for those interested in the development of highway systems.

The book begins by laying out the importance of highways and their role in connecting various regions and facilitating economic growth. Thompson delves into the challenges faced by the Oregon State Highway Commission during this time period, highlighting the need for robust infrastructure and improvements to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding state.

One of the notable features of this report is the meticulous attention to detail in discussing the various projects undertaken. Thompson provides thorough descriptions of construction techniques, materials used, and the impact these projects have had on the region. These insights offer a fascinating glimpse into the development of early twentieth-century transportation infrastructure.

Furthermore, the report addresses the financial aspect of highway construction and maintenance. Thompson explores various funding sources and their implications, providing readers with an understanding of the economic considerations that shaped Oregon's road network. This emphasis on financial aspects adds an interesting layer to the narrative, making it more than just an account of construction projects.

While the subject matter might seem niche, Thompson's writing engages the reader by presenting the information in a clear and accessible manner. The language used is precise and concise, making it easy to follow along even for those unfamiliar with technical jargon. Additionally, the use of charts, maps, and photographs throughout the book aids in visualizing the projects and their impact.

However, it is worth noting that this report is primarily focused on presenting facts and figures rather than providing an engaging narrative. Those seeking a gripping or emotionally charged read may find the content dry or lacking in excitement. Nevertheless, for historians, engineers, or individuals looking to gain a deeper understanding of Oregon's transportation history, this report is a veritable treasure trove of knowledge.

In conclusion, the Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission Covering the Period December 1st, 1916 to November 30th, 1918 by W. L. Thompson may not be the most thrilling read, but it offers invaluable insights into the development of early highway systems. Thompson's meticulous approach, detailed descriptions, and emphasis on financial considerations make this report a valuable resource for anyone interested in the subject matter.

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Transcriber's notes: Words in italics are represented between underscores: text . Bold faced words are represented between equal signs: =text=. Several obvious typographical and lay out errors have been corrected. Inconsistencies in the original have been left as they were: geographical names in the tables are often spelled differently from those in the text, table lay out is often inconsistent, several words are used spaced, hyphenated and/or non hyphenated, both per cent. and per cent are used, etc. In the Table of Contents, pages that have no page number in the original have been listed as . Several tables have been split and/or rearranged to fit the available width. Page 154, under table 'COST STATEMENT': '15 yds. of sand' should probably be '15 cu. yds. of sand'; ditto for 'rock'. Table B, page 56: the (ΒΆ) symbol is not explained in the original document. Table G: lowest price mentioned for riprap is $ 2... Continue reading book >>

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