Excerpt from Improvement Era, Vol. 28: April, 1925
In their effort to reach the Pacific coast, less than one hun dred years ago, people perished from thirst, when there was water in abundance near. No one had been over the road before them, and they perished in the deserts of sand, because there was no track to follow.
Today no man would attempt to reach Utah from Santa Fe by the route traveled by Cardenas more. Than three hundred years ago. We have learned that the Grand Canyon of the Colorado interposes an insurmountable barrier, a barrier which cannot be crossed. But know that there are other trails which make the passage of the great canyon and river possible. No party of travelers would attempt to reach the Pacific Coast by the route followed by the company of emigrants who perished in Death Valley, in 1849.
The impassable barriers, and relentless death traps have become known, the roads and trails have been charted, and the wayfarer, knowing his danger avoids them.
The roads built by man are constructed to satisfy the demands of his environment. Over them he carries his commerce, they bring into close relationship remote communities and add greatly to his pleasure, convenience and comfort. They have become so well de fined that they may be traveled with perfect safety and confidence. For from the starting point to our destination the way is plainly marked, though it take us to the other side of the world.
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