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

Monument

 
 
Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
1. Monument Marker
Inscription.
Mile 748.6 from San Francisco

Monument was little more than a siding and wye for the railroad, with little evidence remaining today of the railroad era.
Its name came from Monument Point, a prominent landform visible from here. Photos from 1869 show Lone Rock, which is below Monument Point, in a promotional photo of the "Jupiter" train engine run by Central Pacific. The Jupiter was carrying dignitaries to Promontory for the ceremonial driving of the Golden Spike, signifying the completion of the east and west railroads.
A rail spur off the tracks led to the Desert Salt Works. The salt plant provided employment for some of the 25 or so inhabitants of the settlement. Remains of the Salt Works can be seen today in the stone foundation of four rooms and remnants of lumber.
Monument was never very populated. After the closing of the salt plant, it served as a freight siding for regional ranchers.
 
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 41° 42.168′ N, 112° 50.664′ W. Marker is near Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Transcontinental
Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
2. Monument Marker
Lone Rock in the distance
Railroad Back Country Byway, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bidwell/Bartleson Trail - Monument Point (within shouting distance of this marker); Ten-Mile (approx. 2 miles away); Nella Siding (approx. 4.6 miles away); Seco (approx. 5 miles away); Elinor (approx. 9.3 miles away); Centre Siding (approx. 10.1 miles away); Rozel (approx. 12.7 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 road variously as Golden Spike Loop Road, Old Railroad Grade Road, Salt Wells Road, etc.

Neither are there any mileage posts, though one could do the arithmetic using the "Mile ... from San Francisco" on the markers to determine distances.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Lone Rock today image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
3. Lone Rock today
#353 Poetry and Prose image. Click for full size.
By A.A. Hart, circa May, 1869
4. #353 Poetry and Prose
The past, wagon trains, meets the future, railroads.
#352 Great Salt Lake from Monument Point image. Click for full size.
By A.A. Hart, May, 1869
5. #352 Great Salt Lake from Monument Point
Note: Lone Rock was an island in 1869.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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