“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Klamath Falls in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)

Locomotive 2579

Locomotive 2579 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
1. Locomotive 2579 Marker
Inscription.  Locomotive #2579 is a typical example of over 350 small steam locomotives called “Consolidations” that were used by the Southern Pacific Railroad from the early 1900s well into the 1950s. During their time she and her sisters were assigned to almost every imaginable duty, even handling passenger trains on rare occasion. At nearly 400,000 pounds and 71 feet she would be considered large by many standards. However, compared to modern diesel locomotives of today #2579 is small. Nevertheless, she represents the real work horses that carried America from before the Civil War into the 20th Century. Last used in revenue service in Nov. 1956, #2579 was donated to the City of Klamath Falls on Sept. 8, 1957.

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The earliest known photo of #2579 shows her simmering with a full head of steam at Drain, Oregon circa 1915. She had been built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1906 and represented a relatively large and modern locomotive when this photo was taken. The fireman, visible in the cab could have only wondered at what the future held for his trusty steed.

#2579 was caught taking
Locomotive 2579 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
2. Locomotive 2579 and Marker
The marker is visible here in the shadows, behind the fence.
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a break at Ashland, Oregon on April 25th 1950. By this time she was assigned to switching and local freight service having been bumped from heavier assignments by larger steam locomotives and more recently by diesel locomotives.

#2579 was at Roseville, California on October 15th 1936. The large snow plow suggests she is prepared for helper duty in Donner Pass where even this plow would only be adequate for ‘light’ snowfalls. Note that in each photo #2579 is equipped with a different size and style of tender. Changing tenders was a matter of convenience on the Southern Pacific. Which type of tender does she have now?
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is September 8, 1957.
Location. 42° 13.201′ N, 121° 47.204′ W. Marker is in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in Klamath County. Marker is at the intersection of Klamath Avenue and Main Street on Klamath Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Klamath Falls OR 97601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Klamath Basin History (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Nurse (In Memory of) (about 700 feet away); Pioneer Furtrader (approx. 0.2 miles away); Klamath Falls City Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Locomotive 2579 - Front View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 23, 2016
3. Locomotive 2579 - Front View
Klamath Falls City Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Whitlock House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marion Apartments (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Klamath Falls.
More about this marker. The locomotive and marker are found in the eastern end of Veterans Memorial Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 248 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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