National Geographic : 1950 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine All Aboard for the Redwood Highway, One of America's Most Scenic Drives One bus company alone schedules eleven trips daily over this coastal road between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Besides normal traffic, tourists crowd the modern stagecoaches to see California's vineyards and the Redwoods, Pacific rollers crashing on the rocky coast, and Oregon's rivers jammed with anglers and running salmon. Here the first aboard pre-empts the most popular chair with unobstructed view. and out of communities mining silver, lead, and zinc.* As we sped across the narrow neck of northern Idaho, gloomy clouds hid the height of land. The bus for Butte, Montana, seethed with soldiers returning from duty in the Far East. "I've been in Italy, North Africa, Sicily, Italy again, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Ger many, France, Guadalcanal, Okinawa, China, Korea, and Japan," said a sergeant going home to South Carolina, "but I never seen anything like Montana." A Mile Deep and Getting Deeper "How about that?" an Alabama-bound GI marveled as we crossed the Blackfoot River. "They have water rivers in Montana, too." Mayor Tom R. Morgan of Butte personally introduced me to his copper-mining city, "a mile high and a mile deep." "And it'll be even deeper," he said. "Miners tell me that the farther down they go, the better the copper." In the mayor's car we drove to the top of the "richest hill on earth." It forms Butte's backyard. Past the superstructure of several working mines we looked over the city and the wide valley below. Near by stood the remains of a mine which burned in 1917 with loss of more than 163 men. Winding down the hill, the mayor pointed with respect to little diggings of individual prospectors. * See "Idaho Made the Desert Bloom," by D. Worth Clark, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, June, 1944.