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Western Scenic Highway

― from American Motorist, December 1919, page 44.


To journey by the shortest route from the tourist playgrounds in California via Spokane, Wash., to the majestic and inspiring mountain and lake region near Banff, with all the wide expanse of forests, rivers and plains between, has long been the ideal of the motor nomad in the great northwest region. The ideal has been brought to fruition, and out of the thoughts of a few men has been born a great international highway leading from the Canadian Rockies and famous Lake Louise directly south to the winter Mecca of the motorist.
The new highway, conceived by James Davison of Calgary, has been designated the California-Banff Bee Line highway. According to its originator the newly designated international highway will descend out of the Canadian Rockies like the tail of a great kite, the kite itself being formed by the Canadian Banff Loop highway, circling Cranbrook, Fernie, McLeod, Calgary, Field and returning by a direct southern route to Cranbrook.
Leaving the loop at a tangent at Cranbrook the highway skirts the tumbling, trout-filled Moyle river and swings westward through deep-shaded forests and mountain streams and cuts the international boundary line north of Metaline, Wash., near the junction of the Columbia river and the scenic Pend Oreille.
Passing on the west bank of the Pend Oreille through the heart of the many-lake region of the Inland Empire, the highway runs through Newport, where it leaves the Pend Oreille and swings south over excellently constructed roads* Spokane, Colfax, Walla Walla, Pendleton, Ore., to the eastern entrance to Crater Lake national park and thence southerly on the eastern slope of the mountains through California.


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