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The Construction of a Gravel Road

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Alternate Titles: 
Gravel Road
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Production Years: 
1917 to 1919


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
371 (35mm); 148 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada: 28mm, 35mm, 16mm, vhs.
"Film showing how a gravel highway is constructed. Intertitles explain that good roads bring prosperity to every community because larger loads in less time mean more loads with greater profits. Gravel for road making can be found close to the highway in nearly every locality. Coarse gravel should be crushed to provide a better road surface. A uniform grade of gravel will pack and make a smooth even-wearing surface. Many good roads are ruined by not being properly cared or each year. Footage shows long view of early model car travelling on rural earth road. The footage also shows long view of steam driven gravel crusher in action, close-up of two men plowing gravel with a horse-drawn plow, close-up of men shovelling coarse gravel onto conveyor belt leading to gravel crusher, extreme close-up of stone being crushed in crusher, long view of tractor pulling three wagons loaded with gravel, and road maintenance using a split log drag. The drag is easily and cheaply constructed. Dragging in the spring or fall will keep the surface rounded up and smooth to drain off the water and provide a hard road for all weather conditions. Footage shows a close-up of a man on horseback drawing a split log drag, levelling the surface, medium shot of two men assembling a log drag and attaching it to a team of horses, and a medium shot of a man log-dragging a gravel road."