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Arthur W. Keddie, Scotland > Canada > California

Posted: 27 Jul 2003 9:56PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 30 Jan 2005 6:51PM GMT
Surnames: Keddie
Listed below is a newspaper article from 7/1/1922 regarding the 80th birthday of Arthur Keddie. California death records show that he died in Plumas County on 1/24/1924

OROVILLE (Butte County)- July 1, 1922 - Arthur W. Keddie of Quincy is this week receiving congratulations on having passed though the 80th milestone of his journdey through life.
Keddie is known throughout the West as teh man who first looked upon the Feather River CAnyon as a route for a hiaghway as a well known railroad.
So far as known, Keddie was the first white man to pass through the canyon. When the Western Pacific Railroad first talked of building a road over the Sierras, Keddie laid his plans and the result of his survey of the Feather River CAnyon before the Board of Directors.
He convinced him that by his survey, a route could be laid out across the mountains that would have an average grade of but one percent and would be below the snow line.
Keddie is now one of the greatest boosters of the North Fork Highway, and declares when the road is completed, his dream of over half a century will be realized.
Keddie was born in Errol, Perthshire, Scotland, but when one year old his parents removed to Canada where he grew up to manhood. He came to the United States shortly after reaching the age of 21 and settled in California. He went to Plumas County in 1866 to survey Induian Valley Road and from that time on made his home there.

Sacramento Bee 7/1/1922
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sandrabordelo... 28 Jul 2003 3:56AM GMT 
dfboath 29 Jul 2003 10:21AM GMT 
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