Fences across main roads in Arizona – They’re were many in 1911


(Transcribed from The Pittsburgh Gazette Times, Friday, May 26, 1911 – originally published in Harper’s Weekly)

The roads of Arizona disclose one most peculiar habit. They change their location so frequently that they may well be called nomadic.

Theodore Roosevelt at Roosevelt, Arizona dirt road, April 13,  1911 (Library of Congress)

Roads just grow

One day the track may be straight; the next, it runs into a new wire fence. The traveler must turn at right angles and skirt the fence for a mile or two until the newly enclosed pasture is circumvented. In so dry and sparsely settled a country the counties cannon afford to maintain many roads. Accordingly, roads just grow.

If the man whose land they cross happens to want to fence in two or three hundred acres, he does so, and says nothing. The first that the public knows about it may be when an automobile dashing along at night, suddenly runs into the wire and is dashed to pieces.

Right to his land

It seems strange to an easterner that there should be no redress under such circumstances but in Arizona. a man has a right to fence his land, and that ends the matter.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

All her books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

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