Kinzua–Fossil Roadway Improvements – Fossil OR

Description

In fall 1935, the Oregonian announced that an additional $201,305 had been received to support Works Progress Administration (WPA) relief workers, including a project for Wheeler County. The project identified for funding involved improving four miles of road “from seven miles from Fossil to Kinzua.”

Improving access between Fossil and Kinzua served as an important economic link between the two towns. Fossil was, and still is, the county seat of Wheeler County. Kinzua, now a ghost town, was the site of the Kinzua Pine Mill Company’s sawmill operation. The company town had been established in 1927 and would operate as such until 1978. When it opened, the company built 125 houses for its employees.

Project Details

Federal Cost Local Cost Total Cost Project #'s
$1140 $1063 $2203

Source notes

"Kinzua (town," Oregon Encyclopedia. https://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/kinzua/#.Y12y9nbMK3A

"Oregon Receives Funds Under (PWA sic) WPA," Oregonian. September 27, 1935.

 

Project originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on October 29, 2022.

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Location Info


Highway 19 & Kinzua Lane
Fossil, OR 97830

Coordinates: 44.98107, -120.151

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