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History Center - Road Construction
This page is devoted to historical photographs of Road Construction in Oregon. This is only a sampling of the many photos stored in the History Center.
Historical records, correspondence and photographs dating back to the late 1800's are stored at the ODOT History Center in Room 5 of the Transportation Building in Salem, Oregon.

The documents in the History Center are public records and open to inspection, as well as being available to copy.  The History Center has space available for old records, including photographs, which are not being used in daily work.  If you have any questions about the center, contact Pat Solomon, Archivist at (503) 986-3284 or FAX (503) 986-4025.
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1910 - 1935

 Macadam 1910
 Macadam road under construction at Hood River about 1910

Horses 1915 
Fresno scrapers in action on an Oregon highway project in the period around 1915 when efforts were being made to get Oregon "out of the mud". 

 Paving Crew 1928
A paving crew patches potholes on the Oregon Trail Highway, US 30 in 1926, one mile west of La Grande. 

 Oregon Trail 1926
 Loading maint. material, Old Oregon Trail Hwy., 1926

 Horses 1928
 4-horse teams at work, 1928

 Horses 1928
 3-horse team opening up cut, 1928

Horses 1928 
 Lane Co., Willamette Hwy., 4-horse team, 1928

Paving crew 1935
Old 99 Oakland-Shady Hwy, Roseburg S.E.R.A., March 6, 1935

1936 - 1960

 Rolling 1939
Ochoco Dam-Marks Creek Section, Ochoco Highway, 1939.  Rolling second course 4½" - 2" base rock.

 Wolf Creek 1940
Wolf Cr. Hwy., Necanicum-Nehalem R. Sec., 1940 

 Female Dump Truck drivers
Four highway dump trucks.  Female drivers during war - man shortage, 1941 & 1942 Chevrolets 

Female Dump Truck drivers
Female worker operating a 1937 roller during war shortage, 1940s.

 Paving crew, 1940s
Paving crew during WWII, Marshfield, Oregon, September, 1942.
Left to Right:  Barbara Booth, Florence Iverson, Oleta Wagner, Barbara Foster, Leo Kerber, Vernieta Dougherty, Edith McLyman, Lucille Hennessey.

Spreading oil by hand, 1940s
Female construction worker spreading oil by hand, 1940s

 Female Flagger in the 1940s
Female flagger during the war years 1940s

Female Flagger in the 1940s
 Female flagger during the war years 1940s
Female Flagger in the 1940s
Female flagger during the war years 1940s