MEMBER OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
THE CITY OF SUNSHINE
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.
March 16, 1926.
Mr. Cyrus S. Avery,
State Highway Department,
Oklahoma City, Okla.
The route through the central part of Colorado was the first to carry transcontinental travel ACROSS the state, and since the beginning (about 1910) has carried more of this travel than any other road in this state. It was the first to go after transcontinental travel and by keeping after it has retained in front. Three of the most indefatigable workers in Colorado for good roads, and responsible for much progress in building good roads lived on this road in Burlington, Colorado Springs and Leadville. Not including the time and personal expenses of several hundred persons, many thousands of dollars have been spent by the towns, in promoting this travel, and in fifteen years the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce alone has spent $20,000 in cash promoting this route. When time and personal expenditures are added, it would run into several hundred thousand dollars. Until this numbering system came along and proposed to put us into the discard, it looked like a good investment.
In spite of all this and the indisputable fact that the route has always carried the large volume of traffic, somebody has taken the liberty of saying that in the future this route shall be a BYWAY; and now the business shall be taken away from us and that because Denver, to the north, is a big city and will naturally pull business from the North, the route coming into the Central part of teh State and which should naturally continue on west, shall be diverted to the big city; and that we cities who have worked hard for what we have, shall not be hiven a transcontinental number.
Since January first, we have been trying to learn where the final "say so" rests in this numbering system and we now believe that the Executive Committee of the American Association of State Highway Officials has the final word. As you are a member of this Committee, we are putting the situation before you.
We believe we were entitled to a through number,