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Deer Creek Wagon Road


SourceCultural Contexts report, 2004, p 20;
Initialdate2006-05-16 00:00:00-06
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Historyfrom the Cultural Contexts report, 2004: Deer Creek Wagon Road (1867) This road was built along Deer Creek. The lower four-mile-segment from the hogback was constructed by the Deer Creek Wagon Road & Lumbering Company in 1867. The upper portion followed Fall River to reach Pleasant Park and subsequently Bradford Junction (Conifer). The steep, treacherous nature of the Fall Road discouraged travel, and it was replaced in 1920 by the High Grade Road that climbed the steep southern slope of Sampson Mountain. Local residents built the lower half of the High Grade Road with hand tools, and the county agreed to construct the upper portion.
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