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also associated with the new route. His son, R. S. Belknap, developed Salt Springs into the Belknap Hot Springs Resort, and for whom Belknap and Little Belknap Craters north of the McKenzie Pass are named. Craig’s new route went up Lost Creek and White Branch (passing


near Proxy Falls) and zigzagged up Deadhorse Grade. After crossing the Scott road it headed into the lava beds. In a bold movet, the new route went right over parts of the lava. It reached the summit seven hundred feet lower than Scott’s Pass had. Craig’s new route, is on much the same path as the present state Highway 242, which opened to travel about 1872. It served as the main link between Eugene City and central Oregon for seventy years. Until 1891 tolls were collected at McKenzie Bridge and for a few


years thereafter at Blue River. It cost $2 for a wagon with two horses, $2.50 for a wagon with four horses, $1 for a horseman, 50¢ for a pack horse, 10¢ for loose horses and cattle, or 5¢ for sheep. In 22 years the company took in nearly $18,000 - but didn’t balance out costs of $19,000. Contractors carried the mail over this route to Camp Polk (near


present day Sisters), to Prineville, and eventually to Mitchell. John Craig was not a regular mail carrier, but in late December of 1877, he started for Camp Polk with a sack of Christmas mail. He never arrived. Searchers found his frozen body in a cabin near the summit lying in the ashes of the fireplace with a quilt drawn over him. His


Parks & Recreation Aaron & Marie Jones Track & Field


Agency: McKenzie Community Track & Field Water: Yes. Showers: No. Toilets: No. Water Sports: No. Picnic Tables: No. Fishing: No. Tent Sites: No. Hiking: Yes. Trailer/Tent Sites: No. Hunting: No. Boat Ramp: No. Dis- abled Access: Yes. Location: Approximately 1/4 miles east of McKenzie Schools in Finn Rock. Ben & Kay Dorris Park


Agency: Lane County Parks Water: Yes. Showers: No. Toilets: Yes. Water Sports: No. Picnic Tables: 27 Fishing: Yes. Tent Sites: No. Hiking: Yes. Trailer/Tent Sites: No. Hunting: No. Boat Ramp: Yes. Dis- abled Access: No. Location: Approximately 2 miles east of Vida on Highway 126.


Blue River Park


Agency: Blue River Park District Water: Yes. Showers: No. Toilets: Yes. Water Sports: No. Picnic Tables: 4 Fishing: Yes. Tent Sites: No. Hiking: Yes. Trailer/Tent Sites: No. Hunting: No. Boat Ramp: No. Dis- abled Access: No. Special Features: Baseball field, tennis court.


Location: On Rose Street in Blue River.


Plan to come to the Walterville Community Fair First Saturday after Labor Day Starts 9 am on the grounds of the


George Millican Hall, 39259 Camp Creek Rd. Watch the parade, see the area’s


garden bounty, crafts, art & more, enjoy lunch by the GWA and/or Chicken Bar-B-Q Dinner


grave and marker erected by the Oregon Rural Letter Carriers As- sociation are close to Craig Lake. When the toll road company abandoned the McKenzie as an un- profitable venture, the Lane County Court sent J. H. Belknap and two others out to “view” the road. They reported the road “is an important artery of travel” for Lane County. The County Court ac- cepted that recommendation and made the road a part of the county road system. The first automobile made its way up and over the McKenzie Pass in 1910. Eventually the state took “control and care” of the road and began promoting it as a scenic route. Today the route is part of the McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway. To accommodate year-round travel over the Cascades, an old For-


est Service road from Belknap Springs north past Clear Lake and Fish Lake to the Santiam Highway was regraded, widened, and paved to connect the McKenzie Valley with the Santiam Pass. The elevation at the Santiam Pass is only 4,817 feet compared with 5,325 feet on the Old McKenzie Pass - and 6,000 feet on the Scott Pass. Now the North Santiam Highway from Salem, the South Santiam Highway from Albany, and the McKenzie Highway from Eugene all funnel through the Santiam Pass.


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