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Klamath Falls in Klamath County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Swede’s Cut

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, February 17, 2018
1. Swede’s Cut Marker
Inscription. An Engineer’s Moment
“Every curve, every switch has a story that goes with it...”

Donovan Gray, “Oregon, California & Eastern” (1990)

For most of its first thirty miles, the OC&E follows gentle grades to climb steadily into the forests of the eastern Klamath Basin. Engineers designed the railroad’s deepest cut at Milepost 13.67 to enter the valley at Pine Flat. Crews drilled and set dynamite charges to blast to a depth of forty feet through an ancient basalt flow. The curving right-of-way required weeks of labor, but provided fill to lay the railroad to the east of the cut.

No one is for certain of the origin of the name “Swede's Cut.” Some claim it got its name from the Swedish immigrants on the construction crew. Others say that a Swede was killed by the train at this site. Whatever the story, Swede’s Cut was a good moment for the engineer laying out the line.

Attention Railmen:
“Do not exceed 15 MPH through Swede's Cut MP 13.4”
Oregon, California& Eastern Railway, “Speed Restrictions”
 
Erected by Oregon State Parks, OC&E Woodsline State Trail.
 
Location. 42° 13.944′ N, 121° 35.751′ 
Swede’s Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 17, 2018
2. Swede’s Cut Marker
W. Marker is in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in Klamath County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Klamath Falls OR 97603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Competing Attractions (approx. 4.2 miles away); Lost River Gap and Ford (approx. 4.3 miles away); Henley School World War II Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Stukel Ranch (approx. 8.1 miles away); Beginning of a Trail (approx. 8.1 miles away); Van Brimmer Cabin 1864-1928 (approx. 9.2 miles away); This Marks the Road to Topsy Grade (approx. 9.2 miles away); George Nurse (approx. 9½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Klamath Falls.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located along the OC&E Woodsline State Trail.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Swede’s Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 17, 2018
3. Swede’s Cut Marker
Swede’s Cut Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, February 17, 2018
4. Swede’s Cut Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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