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Near Winchester in Lewis County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Railroad Tunnels

 
 
Railroad Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
1. Railroad Tunnels Marker
Inscription.  Seven tunnels - one a horseshoe more than a quater mile long -- had to be blasted in this canyon so that a railroad could be completed to Grangeville in 1908.
Building a railroad up this canyon was exceptionally difficult and expensive. Although they competed in Lewiston, Union Pacific and Northern Pacific officials decided to organize a separate company, in which each of them had an equal interest, to complete a Camas Prairie line. Otherwise, neither would have had enough traffic to operate profitably.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 419.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 19.92′ N, 116° 35.868′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Idaho, in Lewis County. Marker is on U.S. 95 at milepost 286, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester ID 83555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Culdesac (approx. 4˝ miles away); St. Joseph's Mission
Railroad Tunnels Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
2. Railroad Tunnels Marker
(approx. 6.6 miles away); William Craig (approx. 8.4 miles away); Craig Donation Claim (approx. 8.4 miles away); Craigmont (approx. 8.8 miles away); a different marker also named Craigmont (approx. 9˝ miles away); Lenore Tram (approx. 12.3 miles away); Indian Houses (approx. 12.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Camas Prairie Railroad -- American-Rails.com. ...it was a paper company which owned none of its own equipment. ...To railfans and historians the Camas Prairie is legendary for its numerous tunnels, high timber trestles (earning it the name as the railroad on stilts), and overall breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest. (Submitted on August 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Camas Prairie Railroad Trestle image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 5, 2018
3. Camas Prairie Railroad Trestle
None of the CPR tunnels are visible from the location of this marker.
 
More. Search the internet for Railroad Tunnels.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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