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.Pahrunlp /a!|eq, Gltt, Thursday, August. 14, 1997 19, Gazette on the st -';et B m What is the most intuitive experience you have ever had? Pahrump Pahrump Bandon, Ore. Pahrump Pahrump MARLINDA CHACON -- Housewife -- "That my daughter was going to die. I got up in the morning with a black cloud over me, I knew I had to be with her. She was about a year old. Later that day she choked on a piece of ice. I got it out and the cloud went away." ROSITA GARCIA-- Housewife -- "When we bought the land in Pahrump. Several acres that we checked on were just pieces of land but when I checkqd on the one we bought, I got a warm feeling and I knew it was ours, I told my daughter we had to buy it. Pahrump has been perfect for us." ROBERT SCHIPPERT -- Laborer-- "My. family broke up when I was young, I had a bad feeling about things before it actually happened. Even though it happened very quickly." SHERRIE BOYSZA -- Housewife -- "The first apartment I rented I could see the whole inside before I actually stepped in. Right down to the room colors, the rug, fireplace and kitchen table." \\; RALPH SLEEPER -- Retired construction -- "I was down in Mexico. I was looking for an English speaking person and I saw a California license plate so I went down to the car and there wasn't a license plate on it at all. But there was a priest there who knew English." Compiled by Gazette staff photographers 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 - 111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump I Nevaa200- then and now C people who attended persuaded the mu- sicians to play for a dance afterward and they turned out again when the convoy came down Austin's main street the next afternoon. After making camp just west of town, the men came back up to town for showers at the jail in the courthouse. The officers had already taken quarters at the Masonic Hall and the Odd Fellows Hall and District Attorney A. J. Maestretti conducted them out to Willow Creek for a sagehen hunt. Local Shoshones happened to he holding a fandango in town when the convoy arrived and Captain Joe Gilbert entertained the soldiers with a speech in Shoshone in which he explained the purposes of the convoy to everyone gathered on the street. The searchlight crew followed with a demonstration, throwing a ray 40 miles out in space as Gilbert and other members of the tribe did a round dance. The members of Austin's town band then joined the Goodyear men in hosting yet another dance at the International. Setting off west on the morning of August 28, the -soldiers camped at Eastgate that night and went on to Fallon the next day, arriving at 4 p.m. Planning for a welcome had begun with a meeting of local Red .Cross officials and good roads boosters at city hall on August 23. Judge T. C. Ha, chairman of the Churchill County Council of Defense, was named to head a reception committee and all was in hand by the time the convoy got in. After pitching tents at the fairgrounds, the enlisted men took a swim in a nearby canal and the officers took quarters at the high school where showers were avail- able. The searchlight crew perfomled once again and the Lincoln Highway military convoy II by Phillip 1. Earl Nevada Historical Society ontinuing our story of the Lincoln Highway and the military convoy which passed across Nevada in the summer of 1919: the Goodyear Band arrived in Austin on the morning of August 26 and conductor Rosyman staged a street concea in front of the International Hotel that evening. Several dozen young Governor Emmet D. Boyle greeting H. C. Osterman of the Lincoln Highway Association, Carson City, August 30, 1919. photo by Nevada Historical Society band played a concert on Maine Street, after which the men feasted upon fruit and melons produced by local farmers. A dance at the pavilion capped the evening. Departing Fallon for Carson City at 6:30 the next morning, the convoy encountered a sandy section just west of the E.S. Harriman ranch which delayed them for some 12 hours. Two trucks sank in to a depth of five feet and had to be excavated by hand. Others were pulled through by the small crawler tractor brought along by the engineers. Water was rationed when the men ran shrt and wind-driven sand almost blinded them. Several officers wanted to make camp at Lahontan Dam, but McClure decided to push on to the capital. The first of the scout cars arrived in town at 4 p.m. Governor Emmet D. Boyle greeted them and the trucks began to string in by 8:30 p.m., parking north and east of the plaza where tables had been set up for a late night supper. The last of the men got in just after nidnighi, by which time those who had preceeded them had set up their cots on the lawn and turned in for the night. The Carson City Band had played for a street dance earlier in the evening, but most of the men were too tired to take pail and the bandsmen quit before the last of the convoy arrived. Sunday. August 31, was a rest day and many of the men were conducted out to Carson Hot Springs |or a bath. Others were lourcd around thc city by members tfthe Greater Con Club, visiting the prison farm, the Stewart Indian / School, the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight site, the Nevada State Orphans' Home an/d the Governor's Mansion. Starting for Lake Tahoe by way of King's Canyon the next morning, the convoy encountered some of the steepest grades in the country. One truck blew a piston and had to be towed to Glenbrook while another slipped offthe road and held up the procession until it could be pulled hack by a winch on the tractor. Coming into Glenbrook, the driver o fa Dodge car lost his brake s and collided with, a truck, but there were no other mishaps. The turnout at Cave Reck and the bridge at Edgewood were easily traversed and the convoy arrived at the state line at 3:35 p.m. California state officials and Lincoln Highway boosters were on hand to greet the men and they continued on to Myers where they were to camp for the night. The citizens of Placerville welcomed the con- voy the next day with streets decorated with flags and bunting, bursting bombs and a street carnival. Colonel McChire spoke briefly, thanking the citi- zens for their hospitality. He said that he consid- ered the Lincoln Highway "entirely unsuited" for heavy traffic and remarked that his command bad reached California only "by pushing, shoving and by the will of GOd." The men camped at the State Fairgrounds in Sacramento the next night and were guests at a banquet sponsored by John N. Willys of the Willys-Overland Company. They camped at Stockton the next day before going on to Oakland. Arriving in San Francisco on September 6, they took part in a parade up Market Street led by two troops of the 1 lth Cavalry from the Presidio and the 44th Infantry Band. At Lincoln Park, they were welcomed by Lieutenant General Hunter Liggett, Mayor James Rolph and a representative of the Governor. Eisenhower recalled the trip as having been "difficult, tiring and tim" and wrote that "every officer in the convoy had recommended in his report that efforts should he made to get our people interested in producing better roads." The later report of the War Department put the case t'or an interstate highway system in more forceful terms, stating that, "The existing roads and bridges, especially in the scarcely settled sections of the middle and western states, are absolutely incapable of meeting the present-day traffic requirements. These states cannot possibly undertake the needed highway improvement work which is of greater importance to the country as a whole than to the individual states." Although the Lincoln and Victory Highways were completed over the next decade, the report of the 1919 expedition collected dust in the files of the War Department until the election of Dwight Eisenhower as president in 1952. In 1956, Congress passed the Interstate Highway Act appropriating $129 billion for a freeway system which would total 42, 795 miles by the time of its completion some three decades later. On October 15, 1990, Congress enacted Public Law 101-427 which changed the official name of the network to'lhe Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways, an act which recognizxd the vision and leadership of a man who had gained sonre firsthand knowledge of the conditions of the nation's roads as a participant in the Motor Transport Corps convoy that long-ago summer. i i i i