In this year leading up to Arizona's centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we'll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

Dec. 3, 1912

Representatives of six iron companies are in the city looking for the contract of building iron culverts for the county. At a meeting of the board of supervisors yesterday, it was decided to let contracts for the building of iron culverts and the making of blue and white enameled road signs. No definite action has been taken as yet in letting the contracts.

The whole matter has been referred to W. C. Goetz, the county surveyor. He will meet the representatives of the different companies and talk the matter over with them.

The culvert problem has been before the board of supervisors for some time. The roads need them, according to the statement of the county surveyor, in certain districts. These places will be bridged. The exact spots for this work have not been settled upon.

The culverts will all be confined to the main roads and will be placed at the worst spots. It will take about one carload of the culverting to fill the breaks.

The question confronting the board of supervisors is pure iron. They do not want steel culverts. Each representative insists that his company puts out nothing but pure iron culverts. The one that puts out the purest iron culvert for the least amount of money will probably get the contract.

Sign posts will be erected as soon as possible. These signs will be confined to the main roads. They will be of blue and white enameled iron. The letters will be depressed. Each sign will be mounted on a piece of iron pipe. The idea of wooden signs has been given up entirely. Each sign will be a small directory in itself. Especial attention will be given the mail travel roads.

Arizona Daily Star

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