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Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 35

Mountain Roads

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 05, 2005 on The History Channel
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Mountain Roads
Join our journey along monumental feats of engineering that preserved America's natural wonders while paving the way towards her future. Travel the Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, site of a dark chapter in US history. Today, crews use the latest technology to keep I-80 open during the worst winter storms. Enjoy the view while traveling to the summit of Pike's Peak in Colorado, inspiration for America the Beautiful. The "Going-to-the-Sun-Road" slices through Montana's majestic Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide and allowing motorists unsurpassed views of mountain scenery. Outside Denver, the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, carved through mountain rock, united eastern and western Colorado. And the Blue Ridge Parkway, which took 52 years to complete, snakes through large, scenic swatches.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • To give motorists plenty of sightseeing opportunities, the Blue Ridge Parkway was constructed with more than 250 overlooks and parking areas.

      • Going-to-the-Sun Road handled about 40,000 cars in 1934, the year it officially opened. Today, it carries 500,000 cars yearly.

      • During construction of the Eisenhower Tunnel, workers detonated anywhere from 75 to 220 pounds of explosives, depending on the density of the rock, to gain a four-foot advance.

      • The annual cost of Caltrans snow-clearing personnel and equipment in the Donner Pass region exceeds $6 million.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: A road that tunnels through the Rockies, an epic byway connecting two great national parks, a route that's beckoned a century of challenges, a mountain pass that takes an army to keep clear, and a road that reveals some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. So come along for the ride. Now, Mountain Roads, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Stan Richins
        Sutter Sierra Region Manager

        John Barton
        Snowplow Equipment Operator

        Juanita Holley
        Dispatch Supervisor

        Jay Waskowiak
        TMT Driver

        Jeff Waters
        Donner Pass Superintendent

        John Sturke
        Caltrans Maintenance Superintendent

        Dave Manley
        Equipment Operator

        Dr. Daniel McHargue
        History Professor, Pierce College

        Timothy Davis, PhD
        National Park Service Historian

        John Wilson
        Tunnel Supervisor

        Charles Robinson

        Richard Eckles
        Project Engineer

        Tom Hurst
        Tunnel Supervisor

        Ken Martinez
        Tunnel Supervisor

        Jack Gordon
        Landscape Architect

        Deirdre Shaw
        Glacier National Park Museum Curator

        Bill Schustrom
        Park Ranger, Naturalist

        Phil Noblitt
        Parkway Spokesman

        Gary Johnson
        Chief Landscape Architect

        Anne Mitchell Whisnant, PhD
        Author, Super-Scenic Motorway

        FDR (archival footage)

        Matt Mayberry
        Dir., Col. Springs Pioneers Museum

        Phil Layton
        Race Director, Pikes Peak Hill Climb

        Don Sanborn
        Pikes Peak Historian

        Jack Glavan
        Projects Manager

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Martin Kent
        Producer: Martin Kent
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Jeff Mercer
        Editor: Lou Laprocido
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Lisa Casella
        Accountant: Paulette Pantoja
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Gregg Betonte
        Camera: Ken Day
        Camera: Michael Ford
        Camera: Dominic Freferico
        Camera: Carl Gibbs
        Camera: Gilbert Prowler
        Camera: Rich Raney
        Camera: David M. Rasmussen
        Field Audio: Troy Brunette
        Field Audio: Jan Massey
        Field Audio: Jeff Meese
        Field Audio: Kim Tesseau
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Red Gypsy Animation
        Historical Consultant: Jeff Waters
        Historical Consultant: John Wilson

        Special Thanks:
        Pam Boyd
        Shelly Chernicki
        Doreen Clay
        Yolanda Gibson
        Sherry Hayman
        Nancy Singer
        Stacey Stegmen

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, Inc

    • ALLUSIONS (0)