Craig, John T

From Lane Co Oregon

About 1875 John T. Craig helped found a road construction company which began the construction of what is now the McKenzie Highway. The first 35 miles was a county road; then the road became a toll road, the impost being collected at the McKenzie Bridge. John Craig perished on the summit of the mountains during the winter of 1878 while carrying the mails. A monument to him stands approximately 75 miles east of Springfield on the McKenzie Highway.[1]

[1] Dr. Silvy Kraus. Lane County Historian. "The Saga of Springfield." Lane County Historical Society. Vol. XV, No. 2, Summer 1970, printed in Eugene, Oregon. p. 23.

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