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CARAVAN TRIP

In June, 1930, a Caravan made up of representatives of the United States Federal Government, representatives from California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, representatives from the Southern California Automobile Club, automobile associations from various parts of the States, and Dr. Doolittle, President of the Canadian Automobile Association, Toronto, travelled north from the United States boundary to Hazelton. There were also a number of newspaper men in the party. The premier of British Columbia, the Minister of Mines and other B.C. men took part. The party was joined at Hazelton by His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, who went by steamer to Prince Rupert, and also by the Governor of Alaska and party, who came by aeroplane.

 

One of the representatives from California took moving pictures and another, a cartographer, made strip maps of the roads all the way from British Columbia boundary to Hazelton. It is estimated roughly that this caravan gave us publicity to the extent of $250,000 and it cost the British Columbia Government just $1,800.00.

 

There is an effort to form a joint committee, three representatives of the United States appointed by the Government at Washington, D.C., and three representing Canada, to look into the whole situation, the feasibility of the road and methods of construction, etc. The appointees have already been named by the Americans. It is hoped that the Right-Honourable the Premier of Canada, now that he has returned, will nominate the three Canadian representatives, so that they may proceed to gather data during the present winter with a view to making an early start in 1931.

 

- From Jane Eva Denison's preamble to her scrapbook, describing the make-up and goals of the trip.

 
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