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Near Corinne in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

10 Miles of Track

Laid in One Day

 

— World Record —

 
Ten Miles of Track Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 15, 2016
1. Ten Miles of Track Marker
Inscription.  
10 miles
of
track, laid
in one day.
April 28th 1869

 
Erected by the Central Pacific Railroad (original marker). This replica was erected by the U.S. National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is April 28, 1869.
 
Location. 41° 34.641′ N, 112° 35.598′ W. Marker is near Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Transcontinental Railroad National Back Country By (at milepost 7), on the right when traveling east. This is a replica marker, installed at the original site. The original marker is located at the Museum at Promontory. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stairway to Promontory (approx. 1.8 miles away); Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rozel (approx. 3.1 miles away); September 1869 (approx. 3½ miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 3½ miles away); The Southern Pacific Monument
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 15, 2016
2. Ten Miles of Track Marker
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(approx. 3½ miles away); Golden Spike (approx. 3½ miles away); May 10, 1869 (approx. 3½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinne.
 
Regarding 10 Miles of Track. Marker is placed at the east end of the ten miles.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Tracklaying Race of 1869. Excerpt:
The tracklaying race of 1869 was an unofficial contest between tracklaying crews of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, held during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. In their competition to determine who would reach the meeting place at Promontory, Utah first, starting in 1868, the railroad crews set and broke each other's world records for the longest length of track laid in a single day, culminating in the April 28, 1869 record set by Chinese and Irish crews of the Central Pacific, who laid 10 miles 56 feet of track in one day. That record was broken by approximately 1,000 feet in August 1870 by two crews, working from both ends, during the construction of the Kansas Pacific.
(Submitted on April 24, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
Additional commentary.
Original Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Original Marker
Photo on display in Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City.
1. I have waited my whole life to see this marker

    — Submitted November 28, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.
 
10 Miles of Track Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa June 1997
4. 10 Miles of Track Marker
The tracks are no longer there, but the gravel road traces the route.
Ten Miles of Track image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 15, 2016
5. Ten Miles of Track
Part of the ten mile section of track laid April 28, 1869
Ten Miles of Track Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 15, 2016
6. Ten Miles of Track Marker
Perhaps the original marker, located at the National Park Service Museum at Promontory, several miles to the east of the marker site.
Another Original Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 17, 2019
7. Another Original Marker
This one is on display in the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City.
Railroad Camp near Victory. image. Click for full size.
By Alfred A. Hart, April 28, 1869
8. Railroad Camp near Victory.
10¼ miles laid in one day.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 120 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week April 25, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   3. submitted on May 10, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4. submitted on December 18, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on November 28, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio.   7. submitted on May 10, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   8. submitted on May 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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