“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Park Valley in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Historic Lucin

Historic Lucin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
1. Historic Lucin Marker
Captions: (bottom left) The Lucin Cutoff was completed in 1904, shortening the distance the train had to cover by building a trestle across the northern part of the Great Salt Lake. (map, right) Historic map showing the Pacific Railroad section of the Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad connected San Francisco to the east coast.
Mile 680.5 from San Francisco

Historic Lucin was established as a section station on July 6th, 1875. A nearby rail station originally held the name "Lucin," but the name and the services were relocated here to Historic Lucin. It also served as a freight station, supplying the Grouse Creek Mountains during a mining boom in the 1870s. The site was completely dry, so water was brought in from Thousand Spring Valley, near the Nevada-Utah border. Artifacts observed on the site suggest both Euroamerican and Chinese inhabitants. Unfortunately, uncontrolled collecting and looting of artifacts have badly damaged the site. Please leave any artifacts where you find them.
In 1904, the name "Lucin" was moved once more. It was given to the facilities serving the western end of the new Lucin Cutoff. A maintenance station and small community just south of here still bears the name. At that time, this station was renamed Grouse. It was finally dismantled by the railroad in 1907.
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Topics and series. This historical marker
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is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Transcontinental Railroad series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1875.
Location. 41° 21.528′ N, 113° 53.28′ W. Marker is near Park Valley, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park Valley UT 84329, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lucin (approx. 1.2 miles away); Medea Siding (approx. 5.9 miles away); Bovine (approx. 11.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway is a 90 mile dirt/gravel track on top of or beside the old Central Pacific Rail Road grade between Old Lucin and Promontory Summit. Other than markers designating old station and sidings there are few, if any, road signs identifying any of the side roads. Any other road names or numbers use on this marker page have been taken Google Maps which identifies the Byway variously as Golden Spike Loop Road, Old Railroad Grade Road, Salt Wells Road, etc. With the exception of at Kelton, once you're on the
Historic Lucin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
2. Historic Lucin Marker
Byway it is either continue or turn-around. Neither are there any mileage posts, though one could do the arithmetic using the "Mile ... from San Francisco" on the markers to determine distances. Nor is there any mail delivery, so no addresses either.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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