Chapter 2

WAGON ROADS DOWN THE CANYON?

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The original road west across Sierra Valley in Plumas County began at Beckwourth Pass. About six miles west of the pass it veered towards the north to serve those ranches along the hill behind the Buttes. Continuing on through the mountains its logical outlet was Oroville but owing to the high pass over Bucks ranch, west of Quincy, it was closed in the winter. Marysville by this time was becoming one of the more important towns of the state and it was in the interest of everyone to have a direct route through the mountains.

In 1866 two bills providing for wagon road construction were introduced in the state legislature that would eventually put Keddie in the field surveying routes for these wagon roads in the Feather River Canyon;

An Act to provide for the construction of a wagon road from the Town of Oroville, in the County of Butte, to Beckwith's Pass, in Plumas County.

The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. John B. McGee, C. E. Smith, Geo. A. Reynolds, E. D. Hasselkus, John Hardgrave, J. T. Taylor, N. C. Cunningham, R. C. Chambers, M. D. Howell, W. A. Bolinger, C. W. Cahalan, R. E. Garland, D. R. Cate, Samuel Goodwin, James H. Houck, James E. Edwards, W. S. Dean, Joseph Kelly, R. Thompson, W. D. Smith, Wm. Wagenor, R. Irwin, David Ery, their associates and assigns, are hereby authorized to construct and keep in repair a good wagon road, commencing at the Town of Oroville, in the County of Butte, and running thence up either the North or Middle Fork of Feather River, to Beckwith's Pass, in Plumas County; provided, that if the road established and authorized to be located under this Act be located on a line of route that would cross the Middle Feather River at or between its junction with the North Fork of Feather River and its junction with the South Fork of said Middle Feather River, said road and franchise shall commence and join the present travelled public road from Oroville via Bidwell's Bar to Quincy at some point on said road on the north side of said Middle Feather River, instead of Oroville, to be selected by the parties in interest; and, provided, further, that the franchise and rights Proviso. granted under this Act shall not in any manner affect, impair, or encroach upon any franchise, rights, privileges, or immunities heretofore granted by the Legislature of this State to any person, company, or corporation whatever.

SEC. 2. The said grantees, their associates and assigns, shall, within one year from the passage of this Act, survey and locate the line of said road on one of the routes above named, and between the points above designated, upon the best grade and at the lowest altitude practicable ; provided, that in locating said road they shall not interfere with any public road in either the County of Butte or the County of Plumas ; and they shall complete the construction of said road within five years from the time of the completion of said location.

SEC. 3. After the survey and location of said road as provided in section two of this Act, the said gra,ntees, their associates and assigns, shall have the right of way over and along the route of said road, and shall have all the right to enter upon and occupy private lands necessary to the location of said road, and to take and use any timber, rock, earth, or other material necessary to the construction thereof, which are conferred upon railroad companies by an Act for the incorporation of railroad companies, approved May twentieth, eighteen hundred and sixty-one; and no other toll road shall be constructed within three miles on either side of said road having the same termini and running parallel therewith.

SEC. 4. The said grantees, their associates and assigns, shall have power to collect tolls upon said road to an amount not exceeding twenty per cent per annum upon the cost of building the same, for the period of thirty years.

SEC. 5. At any time after ten years from the completion of said road, the said grantees, their associates and assigns, shall sell, transfer, and convey the said road to the Counties of Butte and Plumas, upon the payment to them by said counties the original cost of constructing said road.

SEC. 6. The Act of May twelfth, eighteen hundred and fifty three, authorizing the formation of corporations for the construction of plank and turnpike roads, and the Acts amendatory thereof, are hereby made applicable to said company, except so far as it may conflict with the provisions of this Act.

SEC. 7. This Act to take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

and

An Act authorizing the Board of Supervisors of Plumas County to aid in constructing certain wagon roads in said county.

The People of the State of California, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:
SECTION 1. The Board of Supervisors of Plumas County at a special meeting to he held for that purpose on the third Monday of April next, shall order a special election to be held in said county, at the several places for holding elections therein, on or before the first day of May next, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of said county the proposition to issue bonds of said county, not to exceed in the aggregate the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, to aid in the construction of the following named wagon roads, to wit: the Quincy and Indian Valley Wagon Road, commencing at the Town of Quincy, thence down Spanish Creek and up Indian Creek to Indian Valley, in Plumas County; also, the Quincy and La Porte Wagon Road, commencing at the Town of Quincy and running thence via Nelson Point, Dickson Creek, and Onion Valley, in said county, to La Porte, in Sierra County; also, the Oroville and Beckworth Pass Wagon Road, hereafter to be located and constructed under the provisions and grants contained in an Act passed at this session of the Legislature, entitled an Act to provide for the construction of a wagon road from the Town of Oroville, in the County of Butte, to Beckworth's Pass, in Plumas County.

SEC. 2. Said Board shall cause notice of at least one week to be published in some newspaper published in said county, stating the proposition to be submitted to said electors, and the time and manner of voting thereon, and shall cause a like notice to be posted for the same length of time at each precinct in said county. Said Board shall also cause ballots to be prepared with the words: "For issuing bonds in the sum of one hundred thousand dollars, to aid in constructing certain wagon roads," printed thereon. Every ballot in favor of said proposition shall have the word "Yes" written or printed thereon, and every ballot against said proposition shall have the word "No" written or printed thereon. Said Board shall appoint officers of election, and the election shall be conducted in all respects, and the returns shall be made up, certified, and sent to the County Clerk as provided by law in case of other elections. The Board of Supervisors shall meet at the expiration of one week from the day of said election, and shall open the returns, count the votes, and declare the result, the same as in other elections.

SEC. 3. If, at said election, a greater number of the electors of said county, voting upon said proposition, shall vote "Yes" than shall vote "No," then and in that event is the Board of Supervisors of said county, in the name of said county, hereby authorized, empowered, and directed, to issue the bonds of said county to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars for the purposes mentioned in section one of this Act, to the parties, at the times, and iu the manner hereinafter provided.

SEC. 4. The Quincy and Indian Valley Wagon Road, for the purposes of this Act, shall be divided into two sections, numbered Section One and Section Two. Suction One of said road shall commence at Main street in the Town of Quincy, and run thence along the line of the survey of said road for the distance of ten miles. Section Two shall commence at the termini of Section One and run along the line of the survey of said road to Arlington, in Indian Valley.

SEC. 5. Upon the completion of Section One of the Quincy and Indian Valley Wagon Road, the Board of Directors of said road company shall file with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of said county a notice of such completion, together with their affidavit of the actual cost of constructing said section of road, and at the next meeting of the Board of Supervisors thereafter they shall appoint one of their number to examine and report to said Board, within ten days from the time of such appointment, the manner in which said section of road had been completed.

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