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100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Highway from Canada to California be routed through region

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Sept. 6, 1919 that the head of the Spokane County Good Roads Association announced a major new project: the California to Banff Bee-Line Highway. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Sept. 6, 1919 that the head of the Spokane County Good Roads Association announced a major new project: the California to Banff Bee-Line Highway. (Spokesman-Review archives)

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that the head of the Spokane County Good Roads Association announced a major new project: the California to Banff Bee-Line Highway.

This highway, he said would run through Cranbrook and Creston in Canada and continue through Spokane, Colfax, Walla Walla, Pendleton and on to California.

The highway “will be one of the biggest things that have ever come to Spokane,” because tourists from the national parks of Canada and California will be routed through the city, said Frank W. Guilbert.

He said that work already was beginning and that the governments of Canada, Washington and Oregon already pledged millions in construction money.

From the Medical Lake beat: The State Board of Control was investigating the death of Charles Alexander, 17, a juvenile “inmate” of the state custodial school at Medical Lake, the Chronicle reported.

The boy had been found dead in his bed several days after he had tried unsuccessfully to escape. A coroner ruled that Alexander died of “acute peritonitis from natural causes.”

However, some of the other boys claimed that he had been choked by one of the attendants.

The head of the board said the superintendent requested the investigation and “if the keeper really mistreated the boy, we want to know it.”

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