Freedom Road - Let's Build It
Elijah Gurr contacted Thomas Squinas, of Anahim Lake, who marked out a route across 30 miles of swamp and jack pine forest. With a rented bulldozer a crew blazed 32 miles into the wilderness to the rim of the valley.
Now, with only ten miles to the Bella Coola valley floor, the best way down an elevation of 6,000 ft had to be found. Elijah Gurr suggested going down Young Creek and Blondie Swanson and a government engineer scouted the best route. Due to hazardous winter conditions it was decided to start from the valley floor. The most difficult part of the road building began.
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