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July 15
1933 Over 4,000 people gather on Logan Pass, MT, for the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road after 3 decades of construction at a cost of more than $2 million. (See June 10, 1925.) In addition to speeches extolling the hard work that went into the highway, the ceremony features the Blackfeet Tribal Band playing the "Star Spangled Banner" and a chorus organized by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The afternoon ends with a ceremony of peace among the Blackfeet, Flathead, and Kootenai tribes.
1957 The 16 members of the Utah Division Office are informed their office will move from Ogden to Salt Lake City. The Ogden office was established in 1917 as a branch of OPR's District Office at Denver. On July 1, 1919, it became a District Office with jurisdiction over all Federal-aid work in Utah and Nevada and forest and park projects in Forest Service District 4. In 1945, the Ogden District Office, like all District Offices, was confined to its State borders; at the same time, each State received its own District Office. On January 7, 1957, the UT District Office, and all other District Offices, became Division Offices. The move to Salt Lake City will bring the Division Office closer to the State highway department.
1992 Director of Communications David Fredrickson introduces the first edition of the "Third Friday Report," FHWA's inhouse video magazine. In an interview, Administrator Thomas Larson attributes the idea for the show to Alcoa's Paul O'Neill, who stresses the importance of having a variety of communication channels. Also featured: the TravTek IVHS experiment in Orlando, FL, an interview with Executive Director E. Dean Carlson on career development, and FHWA 2000. (Karen Whitney hosts the magazine show beginning with the February 1993 edition.) The 41th and final edition aired in December, 1995.
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