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Tunnel project memories recounted | Preston Citizen

Tunnel project memories recounted

June 18, 2014


(Editor’s Note: A story about the original pipeline installation taken from the Dayton City History recounts the memories of Lorus L. Kirkbride as provided by Ardella Kirkbride Bosworth.) 

“Almost lost to history are the details and interesting stories of the Great Depression and water for the village of Dayton, Idaho,” Bosworth wrote. “As far as anyone knows, one surviving participant (as of 2008) is all that remains of the men who labored during that era. Lorus L. Kirkbride, almost 95 years old as of this interview of Sept. 29, 2008, is the last one who has details of this project. These are his recollections.”


Dayton had a population of about 500 in 1935, Kirkbride recalled. “The Great Depression was affecting America and President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Administration enacted many programs to get the economy going again. One such program was the WPA (Works Progress Administration).”

The village relied on a spring coming down from the mountain to supply drinking water, he said. “Increasingly the spring was found to be unreliable and required frequent removal of vegetation around the spring to enable the water to flow to the town’s catch basin,” Kirkbride said.

This story is sponsored by Franklin County Treasurer.

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