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9904G.  Construction of then-Rt. 26 on the east side of Mt. Hood, also known as the Wapinitia Pass road, connecting Government Camp to Maupin. Much of this road was later renamed Rt. 216, once Rt. 26 was re-routed to Madras. The giant structure is a rock crusher that operated 24/7 to complete the road before the snow came. Construction of this road began in 1920, and when this photo was taken in October 1929, the road was expected to open to traffic within a month, “weather permitting.”  The Oregonian traded advertising with car dealer Roy Burnett to borrow a new DeSoto Six for the trip, sending out Oregonian transportation editor Larry Barber to both write and photograph the story. Black Tuesday on Wall Street happened two days after the article was published.