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Near Challis in Custer County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Corkscrew Grade

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
1. Corkscrew Grade Marker
Inscription. Travel on the Toll Road remained difficult due to the road's roughness. Pulling heavy loads over the road's two summits often fell upon oxen, The crack of the bullwhacker's whip and snort of laboring beasts were common sounds. You may still see faint scars of the original Toll Road on the steep hillside of the Corkscrew Grade.
Additional animals were often needed to pull heavy wagons over this mountain summit. Teams pulling more than one wagon were forced to make the ascent towing one at a time. In 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) rerouted the Toll Road in order to avoid the steep climb. The original Toll Road rejoins the Custer Motorway Adventure Road at Greenwood Station.

"A red letter day. The Sawmill of Fox and West came in by ox team and the whoa, haw, gee and cuss words of the Bullwackers are are some of the sweetest words when have ever heard. - Cal Clawson, October 1879
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 44° 30.288′ N, 114° 20.79′ W. Marker is near Challis, Idaho, in Custer County. Marker is on Custer Motorway Adventure Road (Forest Road 070) near Forest Road 256A, on the right when
Corkscrew Grade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
2. Corkscrew Grade Marker
traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Challis ID 83226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Parting of the Ways (approx. 1.8 miles away); Land of the Yankee Fork Historic Area (approx. 6 miles away); Challis (approx. 6 miles away); Michel Bourdon (approx. 6 miles away); Bison Jump (approx. 6.9 miles away); Alex Toponce (approx. 7.4 miles away); Tollgate Station (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
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Corkscrew Grade - Custer Motorway Adventure Road image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 25, 2017
3. Corkscrew Grade - Custer Motorway Adventure Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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