Big Fill Trail
Although the Promontory Mountains don't look as formidable as the Wasatch Front or the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this was the most difficult and intricate portion of the line west of Weber Canyon and east of Donner Pass.
According to The Union Pacific's Chief Engineer, General Grenville Dodge, overcoming the Promontories required some of “the heaviest work, highest grades, and sharpest curves," in addition to enormous fills and numerous cuts.
Before You Hike
Hiking time-about 1 hour.
Take drinking water.
Metal detectors, firearms, and artifact collecting are prohibited.
Wear a hat; there is no shade.
Watch your step. Slopes off the grades are loose and rocky.
Prepare for mosquitoes and ticks.
Rattlesnakes have the right of way.
The Big Fill
Caves commonly used for shelter by railroad laborers.
Evidence of hand drilling can still be seen in cuts today.
Erected by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 41° 38.234′ N, 112° 29.49′ W. Marker is near Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on West 7200 North, on the right when traveling west. Located at the Big Fill Trailhead. 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. The “Orange Special” Wreck (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chinese Arch (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Big Trestle (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Big Fill (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Last Cut (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Track that United the States
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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