“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)

Old Terrace

Old Terrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
1. Old Terrace Marker
Captions: (middle right) The aqueduct pipe pictured above is an early, water transport technology of wood stave pipe wrapped with wire banding.; (bottom center) The pipe pictured on the left is one of the first examples of iron pipe consisting of lengthwise riveted sheet metal.
Mile 703.5 from San Francisco

Old Terrace is a mile east of the population center of Terrace. There was probably never a settlement here, but heavy traffic in and out of Terrance may have required a backup siding. Not many references of Old Terrace remain and its railroad use is unknown.
A historic railroad map indicated an aqueduct terminated in the vicinity of Old Terrace and there was possibly a water storage tank located here. Aqueducts were an important part of the Transcontinental Railroad's infrastructure. The aqueducts functioned to carry a necessary supply of water for domestic and railroad use. In the Great Salt Lake Desert, the arroyos and river beds remained dry most of the year and are prone to flash floods after storms. The aqueducts provided a dependable source of water and made desert settlements possible.
Examination of the area indicates that Old Terrace was uninhabited and lacked permanent facilities. A cemetery located here has identical construction to a cemetery enclosure at Kelton, although no grave markers remain.
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Old Terrace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
2. Old Terrace Marker
Old Terrace Cemetery in the background
41° 31.092′ N, 113° 30.09′ 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 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Terrace Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Terrace (approx. 1.3 miles away); Red Dome Siding (approx. 3.4 miles away); Watercress (approx. 3.6 miles away); Walden Siding (approx. 6.1 miles away); Matlin (approx. 7.8 miles away); Bovine (approx. 11.7 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 do the arithmetic using the "Mile ... from San Francisco" on the markers to determine distances. Nor is there any mail delivery,
Old Terrace Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 20, 2017
3. Old Terrace Cemetery
so no addresses either.
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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