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

The Big Trestle

 
 
The Big Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
1. The Big Trestle Marker
Inscription. Lacking time to fill the ravine before you, Union Pacific crews built the bridge shown in the photo. One reporter said that nothing he could write “would convey an idea of the flimsy character of that structure.”
You can still see the abutments, and across the canyon, the bedrock shelves where the log uprights were placed.

The trestle, about 400 feet long and 85 feet high, took 38 days to build. It was completed May 5, 1869, and used for about 6 months. Afterwards the Big Fill just up the canyon, was used for the permanent route.
 
Erected by Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 41° 38.422′ N, 112° 28.779′ W. Marker is in Corinne, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker can be reached from West Golden Spike Drive North, on the right 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 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Big Fill (a few steps from this marker); The Track that United the States (approx. 0.3 miles away); The “Orange Special” Wreck (approx. 0.6 miles away); Big Fill Trail
The Big Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
2. The Big Trestle Marker
From the Big Fill, looking down on the Big Trestle's west-end abutment.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Chinese Arch (approx. one mile away); The Last Cut (approx. 1.5 miles away); 10 Miles of Track (approx. 3.7 miles away); Competition 1869 (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corinne.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Golden Spike National Historic Site on the Big Fill Trail, Stop 6. Pick up a guidebook at the Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitors Center.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars
 
The Big Trestle image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2014
3. The Big Trestle
From the Big Trestle's west-end abutment looking across to the east-end abutment.
The Big Trestle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew J. Russell, circa 1869
4. The Big Trestle Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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