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418 Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001 Ogressiv 5ul etrn Progressive,~ m $11 million helps construct new road system in Plu By Victoria Metr lf Gibsonville, Onion Valley Staff Writer and others needed those sup- Plumas County now has a plies. new destination point--the The best method to take the tiny community of LaPorte. goods to the miners wasn't on Miles of shining blacktop-- the backs of mules, but by compliments of a cooperative wagon, where more supplies effort among Plumas County, could be hauled at one time. the federal transportation de- To construct the wagon partment, Caltrans and the road, a special election was Plumas NationalForest--pro- scheduled. If successful, vides smooth driving and Plumas County promised to scenic adventure over the issue $20,000 in bonds toward Quincy-LaPorte Road. construction. While the destination While those who produced hasn't changed much over the goods and those who the past years, its improved wanted them were in favor of accessibility over an $11 mil- the bond measure, there were lion road gives the hamlet a those who objected. needed connection with the A special election was held outside world, and 1,529 turned out to cast For those familiar with the their votes. In the final count, LaPorte routes, in the past 644 voted against the bond there were two choices in measure, but enough sup- reaching the small communi- ported it for the project to ty--take the road between move ahead, according to Marysville and Oroville, or Smith and Fariss's research the winding, bumpy dirt road in 1882. accessed near Quincy. While construction began But all of that's changed, with high hopes, supporters With the snip of a pair of sil- soon became discouraged ver scissors gliding through a that the project was costing colored ribbon, the Quincy- more than the anticipated LaPorte Road was officially $20,000. In 1867, Conly & Co., opened Wednesday, Oct. 3, in LaPorte-based bankers, a late morning ceremony, agreed to finance the project. Approximately 35 people The road was finally com- gathered, including represen- pleted that summer at a cost tatives of the Plumas County of $30,000. Road Department, the Feder- At the completion of the al Highway Administration, road, a celebration was held the Plumas National Forest, in LaPorte and residents contractors, mining inter- from all around the county ests, and spectators, as Super- attended, especially those visor Don Clark did the hon- from American Valley, who ors. had traveled the distance on the new road. History "The opposition to the road Some claim the upgrading manifested at the election al- of the Quincy-LaPorte Road luded to, which to many per- actually began as far back as sons appeared factious and when automobiles started to foolish, had by this time been replace wagons that made the forgotten; and a drive over grueling trip. But the road's what is considered one of the history initially began in finest mountain roads in the 1866, according to Plumas state attests the wisdom of County historians Smith and the measure and the action of Fariss. the people," Smith and Fariss From the earliest mining wrote. ventures, walking trails and By 1877, proving financial- paths fit for mules connected ly unsuccessful, the LaPorte the gold mining camps of the banking firm turned the road B l , it" tim , that a wagon road betwee _toll road. :Quincy and LaPorte would r By the time Smith and greatly benefit both commu-Fariss were completing their nities, as well as those in be- history of the county, "a fine tween, arch-truss bridge," was built American Valley was one across the Middle Fork by a of the area's agricultural at- San Francisco company. The eas. Farmers and ranchers in bridge was built for $5,787. the area needed customers A second bridge over Nel- for the dairy products, grain, son Creek was built in 1905. hay and other goods they had to sell. The residents in the mining regions of LaPorte, See Road, page 5B :? ,_ : il;! The newly completed portion of the Quincy-LaPorte Road adds to the two communities. Not since the former mule trail was converted into proved. beauty and comfort a wagon road Photos b of traveling :.: :x iil.i!!i{!il {{:ii? ix! x , , : , . ; :::-:../ . . , ,*, ,: . . Approximately 35 people turned out for the dedication ceremony officially opening the new stretch of tween Quincy and LaPorte. Signs indicate that the Pacific Crest Trail crosses through the area, and it is to Quincy, LaPorte or Pilot Peak. ~ W. M~ Street, Qehlcy, Ca 2113-0~e ~00 Maim Stneet, SuanvlBe, Ca 257-5321 135 Maim $tne~ CIm~t~r 2~-311 $ 116 Commercial St~ Ponola, Ca $32-4646 P.O. 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