“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)


Romola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
1. Romola Marker
Caption: (right center) Plan for a box culvert similar to culverts near Romola. The railbed was made flat by laying a bed of crushed stone on the wooden slats. In the mountains and along the coast, local timber was used for construction. In dry, desert areas, wood had to be transported in along with the other railroad supplies.
Mile 717.6 from San Francisco

The railroad siding at Romola was built in 1899 to meet increased rail traffic and the needs of local ranchers. The railroad was used by ranchers and cowboys as a way to move the cattle they raised to market . With the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, it became possible to transport these cattle to eastern market, which had developed a taste for beef at aa time when the effects of the Civil War had depleted eastern herds.
The bridge just west of Romola Siding (pictured) is a good, surviving example of a single stringer trestle with large wooden wings. To the east of Romola is a wooden trestle bridge. When first built, in the rush to get to Promontory and complete the railroad, many of these bridges were laid on simple timber sills. The subsequent work of "piling" was carried out by many Chinese section gangs. Piling entailed digging deep holes for wooden foundations poles. Without these, the bridges were prone to wash out when heavy rains fell. Piles were also supported by "riprap" (rocks, boulders, used boiler bricks, and other trash) to reduce under cutting.
Southern Pacific track plats indicate that a loading platform and a train car body were located at Romola, but there was no settlement.
Erected by Department
Romola Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
2. Romola Marker
of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 35.424′ N, 113° 16.602′ 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ombey (approx. 4.2 miles away); Matlin (approx. 4.9 miles away); Peplin (approx. 7.8 miles away); Red Dome Siding (approx. 9.6 miles away); Kelton (approx. 13.7 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 Byway variously as Golden Spike Loop Road, Old Railroad Grade Road, Salt Wells Road, etc.

Neither are there any mileage posts, though one could
Trestle Bridge west of Romola image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
3. Trestle Bridge west of Romola
do the arithmetic using the "Mile ... from San Francisco" on the markers to determine distances. Nor is there any mail delivery, so no street addresses either.
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Some trestles are still strong enough image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
4. Some trestles are still strong enough
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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