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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 47

Description of British Columbian Waggon-Roads

Description of British Columbian Waggon-Roads.

Superior to the public roads of most young countries. They are 18 feet wide, the surface being covered with broken stone, where (as in most parts along the Eraser and Thompson Rivers) such material is at hand, or with gravel well cambered up in the centre, with ditches on one or both sides where required.

With the exception of some short pitches as steep as one foot in ten, the sharpest inclines throughout the trunk waggon-road from Yale to Savona's Ferry are of 1 foot in 12, the curves being easy, and the. bridges and culverts substantially built of timber.

Loads of 7 and 8 tons are hauled along them, by mules or oxen, at an average draught load of 1200 lbs. to 1300 lbs. to each animal, and the mail coach, drawn by six horses, travels between Yale and Cariboo at the rate of 9 miles an hour.