National Geographic : 1915 Dec
Photo from U. S. Department of the Interior vIEW LOOKING SOUTH, SHOWING THE SITE OI TIIE PROPOSED ALASKAN RAILROAD CROSSING OF MATANUSKA RIVER neer in the United States to locate and build the Alaskan road. He has located and built some of the most difficult rail roads in the West. Mr. Harriman chose him to locate the new lines across the Sierra and the Siskiyou Mountains. The Alaskan work is in his charge, and asso ciated with him are two younger men Lieut. Frederick Mears, U. S. Army, and Thomas Riggs, Jr., of Utah. Lieutenant Mears is one of the young veterans of the Isthmian Canal construc tion. As superintendent of the Panama Railroad, he relocated and reconstructed a large part of that line and operated it successfully. Governor Goethals recom mended him as the best equipped of all the excellent engineers at Panama to grapple with the difficult problems of railroad location and construction in Alaska.