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Musselshell Road is the answer for Week 293 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.

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Monday: Italian internees

Tuesday: Provided access

Wednesday: School youths helped

Thursday: Clearwater National Forest involved

Friday: A logging road

Saturday: $90,000 project

Monday: 1943

Tuesday: Went out of Pierce

Wednesday: Twelve miles long at the time

Thursday: Important to the war effort

Friday: Percy Melis

Saturday: Some heavy equipment used

Construction on Musselshell Road began in 1943 to provide logging access. The project cost $90,000 project for 12 miles of road going out of Pierce. It was an important part of the war effort to get timber out. School youths and other workers supplemented the work Italian internees were doing in clearing the right of way. By July, about six miles or half way had been cleared. Heavy equipment was being used to do the grading. Percy Melis was the Clearwater National Forest supervisor at the time and told the media that the crews should be able to maintain the pace for the remainder of the season. (Info from July 27, 1943 Clearwater Tribune at the Clearwater Historical Museum)

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