Looking back for March 30, 1934: Rabbit Ears road will be kept open all year


From the Friday, March 30, 1934, edition of The Steamboat Pilot:

Completion of the Rabbit Ears highway this summer is one of the major projects planned by the United States bureau of public roads. This highway is included in the spectacular high mountain road projects that will place Colorado in the first rank as a tourist resort and will aid materially in the development of Northwestern Colorado. Berthoud and Rabbit Ears are scheduled on the forest and park program as outstanding projects for improvements on U.S. 40, and will mean an all-year transcontinental highway through the state, according to the bureau of engineers.

During the summer, the bureau expects to complete the entire 30 miles of oil surfacing on Berthoud Pass from Empire over the Continental Divide to Fraser on the west side.

On the same route, the bureau expects to finish grading and bottom coarse surfacing work on the Rabbit Ears Pass project extending from Muddy Pass over the Continental Divide to the foot of Brenton Hill, seven miles east of Steamboat Springs.

The bureau started work on the Rabbit Ears Pass road in 1918, and about $479,000 has been expended recently.

Ed Carnes is to be released as Easter gift

Ed Carnes, of Oak Creek, serving a life sentence for the killing of B.F. Williams, a trustee of the town, on May 18, 1923, is scheduled for release on parole next week as a consequence of Gov. Johnson's Easter clemency. It is the governor's policy to extend executive clemency to two convicts on each major holiday.

Warden Roy Best has recommended Carnes for clemency. During the 10 years he has served, Carnes has been a trusty most of the time and has an excellent record. For long, he was outside the walls and conducted a stand where he sold articles made by other convicts, handling a considerable sum of money with a most excellent record. He has been of great assistance in the insane ward of the penitentiary, where he helped take care of patients. His actions at the time of the prison riot were subject to praise. All of these things were taken into consideration in granting clemency and were backed up by the recommendation of Judge A. F. Hollenbeck, who presided at the trial, and many of the jurors who served on the case.


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