Submitted by Jack Butler, Historian, E Clampus Vitas Grub Gulch Chapter 41/49
On State Route 145, between Road 33 and Road 36, is the Cottonwood Creek Bridge. There are two rock monuments, one is west-facing on the south, and one is east-facing on the north side. They are both missing their plaques explaining the history of their placement.
A blue marker at the base reads WPA 1941. This is probably a reference to the Works Progress Administration, a government program which ran from 1939-43 and put unemployed Americans to work building highways, bridges, etc.
But what did the plaques say? What happened to them? Who put them there? Will they be replaced?
If you have any information, please let us know!
Follow-Up to History Mystery #109
For this mystery, Robert Casaurang, Hill’s Pride Inn, Knowles was of amazing help with the mail bags questions. These bags were from the river road, Road 400, and the names on the bags all lived along that route in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Every household in our area had its own bag for many years and the bags were placed in the mailboxes or hung from hooks on fences or posts filled with the mail for that home. Many old timers remember the routes names instead of the actual addresses.
Sometimes folks would catch a ride with the mail person as they dropped the bags to get home or head out to town. The mailboxes during that time could be ornate and well decorated, each neighbor trying to outdo the rest and the bags themselves could be decorated with embroidery or fancy penmanship.
Our museum also has Star Route mail bags donated by Anita Fulmer and family. The mail also came in similar bags on the railroad and there were hooks placed along the track so the mail could be easily hung to get to the post offices.
Stop by the Hill’s Pride Inn if you have more questions or want to chat about the bags, or come by the Raymond Museum. There is so much more to these simple bags than it seems.
Thanks to all who read our mysteries!! Sure appreciate your time and thoughts!!