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Ludlow in San Bernardino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops

 
 
Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 5, 2009
1. Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops Marker
Inscription. Seeking a more efficient way to get borax from his mines on the east side of Death Valley to processing facilities near Los Angeles, and hoping to tap the booms at Rhyolite, Tonopah, and Goldfield, Nevada, Francis Marion Smith built the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad. Construction started at Ludlow in August 1905 and proceeded quickly across Broadwell Dry Lake (just north of Ludlow), reaching Dumont by May 1906. However, it took nearly a year to build through the difficult terrain of the Amargosa Gorge. Originally planned to extend from Tonopah to San Diego, the line reached its terminus at Beatty, Nevada in October 1907. While the T&T was a lifeline for the East Mojave Desert residents, it rarely turned a profit. In 1933 the 26 miles of track between Ludlow and Crucero were abandoned, and the trains stopped running June 1940. The tracks were taken up in 1942 and 1943. Only the roadbed remains. The shops and headquarters of the T&T were located here at Ludlow, just south of this marker. Little remains of the facilities that for 18 years serviced the locomotives and rolling stock of the Nevada Shortline.
 
Erected 2007 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Knoll Family and the Bureau of Land Managament. (Marker Number 133.)
Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, December 5, 2009
2. Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Shops Marker

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 34° 43.418′ N, 116° 9.802′ W. Marker is in Ludlow, California, in San Bernardino County. Marker is at the intersection of National Trails Highway and Crucero Road, on the right when traveling east on National Trails Highway. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Ludlow Coffee Shop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68315 National Trails Highway, Ludlow CA 92338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Project Carryall (here, next to this marker).
 
Also see . . .  Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad. (Submitted on January 20, 2012.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Tonopah & Tidewater R.R.Co. The Nevada Short Line image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, October 14, 2007
3. Tonopah & Tidewater R.R.Co. The Nevada Short Line
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 549 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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