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By Vincent Cascio, July 7, 2011
Hansen Cooperative Dairy Marker
Utah (Box Elder County), Beaver Dam — 334 — Hansen Cooperative Dairy
The Box Elder Cooperative Association was established in 1867 -68 by Lorenzo Snow, under direction of Brigham Young. In 1871 a dairy, said to be the first in Utah, was built south of Beaver Dam, near a cold water spring, Christian Hansen, operator. . . . — Map (db m44467) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Brigham City — 11 — Brigham City Co-op StoreBuilt 1890 — Brigham City Historic Tour
The mercantile store was the last building constructed for the Brigham City Co-op. Three years after the store opened, a fire broke out. Financial losses from the fire shut down the business a year before the cooperative organization closed. . . . — Map (db m105251) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Brigham City — Brigham City Fire Station/City Hall
Constructed in 1909 at a cost of about $7000, this building original housed the city fire department on the main floor and city offices on the second floor. It also had a jail in the southeast corner and "hobo apartments" in the basement. This was . . . — Map (db m105252) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Brigham City — Chinese ArchA Monument in Limestone
Ancient Lake Bonneville once covered this area, including the flanks of Promontory Range. The waves washing against the ancient shore eroded fault-fractured rocks, creating the arch in the 300-million-year-old Oquirrh Formation. More than . . . — Map (db m69125) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Collingston — Hampton's Bear River Crossing
Ford was used by Indians, Fur Tappers and Mountain Men. About 1853 Ben Hampton and Wm. Godbe operated a ferry for emigrant traffic. The site became a "home station" successively for stages of Oliver & Conniver, Ben Holladay, and Wells-Fargo. About . . . — Map (db m105494) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Collingston — HSLC UT-8 — Hensley/Salt Lake Cutoff - Hampton Ford
"...we came to Bear River Crossing, ... There has been a ferry established here all summer until the later week, when the waters have become so much fallen that it renders it useless The river is now about 150 ft. wide, an average depth of 2 1/2 . . . — Map (db m105495) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — 10 Miles of Track
10 miles of track, laid in one day. April 28th 1869 — Map (db m100050) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — BBU-7 — Bidwell/Bartleson Trail - Monument PointFirst Overland Emigrant Party
"We now skirted the north end of the lake, sometimes traveling in a valley and again along the shore of the lake where the mountains jutted down nearly to its shores." -- Nicholas "Cheyenne" Dawson, narrative, August 26, 1841 — Map (db m105300) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Big Fill Trail
Look down this path toward the sharp V-shaped notch in the shoulder of the mountainside ahead. Walking the Big Fill Trail, you can still see some of the violent fury of the final days of the race to Promontory, carved into unyielding limestone. . . . — Map (db m80953) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Centre Siding1879-1899
Mile 762.7 from San Francisco Information about this siding is limited to ambiguous notations amending Central Pacific RR survey plats and profiles. Onsite investigations have revealed no evidence of occupation. — Map (db m105299) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Competition 1869
Lacking precise instructions from Congress as to where to meet, and spurred by financial rewards for building grade, both railroad companies prepared railbed past each other for 250 miles. No parallel track was ever laid. Promontory Summit was . . . — Map (db m80934) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Corinne - Pioneer Railroad Town
Looking toward the immediate completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad, Corinne Townsite was laid out in the Spring of 1869. Railroad Financiers, Real Estate Promoters, Businessmen & Gambling Sharks, launched a boom to make Corinne the . . . — Map (db m117001) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Corinne Methodist Episcopal Church
1870 This is the oldest extant Protestant Church building in Utah. It was dedicated by Chaplin C.C. McCabe and Reverend G.M.Peirce on September 20, 1870 — Map (db m105257) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — 229 — Corinne Opera House
On this site the Corinne Opera House, for many years the largest recreation center in Utah outside of Salt Lake City, was erected in 1879. Built of red pine lumber with square nails, the leading stock companies, California bound on the new railroad, . . . — Map (db m105258) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Jubilation Coast to Coast
For four years Americans closely followed the progress of the Pacific railroad in their newspapers, anxious to see it completed. By May 1869, intense attention was focused on this desolate corner of northern Utah. The entire country was eager for . . . — Map (db m80933) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Last Spike DrivenNoon…Monday…May 10th, 1869
A rough crowd had gathered at the far set of tracks 15 yards ahead. Six million spikes and six years’ work lay behind them. Now, only one section of rails was left undone. The honor of ceremonially “finishing” the Pacific railroad with a . . . — Map (db m80931) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — May 10, 1869
With an officer of the Twenty-first U.S. Infantry posed on the completed tracks and men of his regiment behind him, dignitaries of the Union Pacific Railroad stand for a photograph. Dr. Thomas C. Durant, Union Pacific Vice-President, is seen , at . . . — Map (db m80940) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — May 9, 1869
In this photo, taken one day before the transcontinental line was completed, a 30-foot gap in the railroad remained. A tent town quickly grew around the Last Spike Site, and two of the first businesses, the Restaurant and the Red Cloud Saloon can be . . . — Map (db m80939) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Monument
Mile 748.6 from San Francisco Monument was little more than a siding and wye for the railroad, with little evidence remaining today of the railroad era. Its name came from Monument Point, a prominent landform visible from here. Photos from . . . — Map (db m105301) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Presbyterian Centennial1869 - 1969
The Presbyterian work in Utah began at Corinne June 11, 1969 under Rev. Melancthon Hughes, sent here by Rev. Sheldon Jackson, missionary and educator. This bell was later given to the first congregation. In the first century, the Presbyterians . . . — Map (db m105261) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Rozel1869-1942
Mile 765.0 from San Francisco This site was christened Victory on April 28, 1869 when Central Pacific Workers rested for lunch after laying six miles of track during the famous laying of ten miles of track in a day. The site was later named . . . — Map (db m105297) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — September 1869
The transcontinental railroad was a commercial link which opened new markets and figuratively untied the nation with bands of rail. Seen here are Union Pacific Railroad fruit cars en route to California to be loaded with perishables for Eastern . . . — Map (db m80938) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — September 1869
Four months after completion, Promontory was a notorious boomtown composed of hotels, saloons, and gambling tents with a few stores and shops. Transcontinental passengers changed trains here until mid-1870. Many were victimized by resident gamblers . . . — Map (db m80942) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — September 8, 1942
After the opening of the Lucin Cutoff in 1904, the historic rail line north of the Great Salt Lake was of minimal importance. In 1942 the last spike was ceremonially “undriven” here before a crowd of Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, and . . . — Map (db m80941) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Stairway to Promontory
The cut below you on the Union Pacific grade is a good example of the stair step construction method used by the railroads. The workers were set to grading, scraping and blasting on several different levels of a cut at once. This method increased . . . — Map (db m100047) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — The “Orange Special” Wreck
You are now standing on the historic railbed and to your right at the gate that separates the old railbed from the highway, the Southern Pacific covered an old trestle with fill on the steepest grade on the Promontory Mountains. For years helper . . . — Map (db m80956) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — The Big Fill
Competing for fame and money, the two railroads constructed over 250 miles of parallel grade. Here the Central Pacific built the Big Fill before Congress gave final construction rights to the Union Pacific. Afterward, the U.P. sold the tracks . . . — Map (db m80957) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — The Big Trestle
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 . . . — Map (db m80958) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — 136 — The First Weather Station in Utah
In 1870 the first U.S. Government weather station in Utah was erected on this site by the War Department Signal Service, U.S. Army Division of Telegrams and Reports, for the benefit of commerce. The observer was William W. McElroy. The station was . . . — Map (db m105253) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — The Last Cut
By April of 1869, the Union Pacific was working its Mormon and Irish labor forces day and night in order to meet the scheduled deadline for the completion of the railroad. Below you is the last cut made along the transcontinental route. Cuts such as . . . — Map (db m80952) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — The Locomotives of Golden Spike - Jupiter
”More representative American locomotives of the period would be difficult to find. Both the Jupiter and 119 were of the eight wheel or 4-4-0 wheel arrangement. This style of engine was so common in the United States that it was called the . . . — Map (db m80965) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — The Locomotives of Golden Spike - No. 119
“The original Jupiter and No.119 were scrapped at the turn of the century. Despite their absence, the replica locomotive tell the story of the building and significance of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. Today’s . . . — Map (db m80966) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Transcontinental RailroadNational Back Country Byway — Rails of History
Welcome to the Transcontinental Railroad National Back Country Byway. The railroad grade you will be driving represents an epic achievement in American history, linking East to West in a new nation. Today, the landscape looks much the same as it did . . . — Map (db m100000) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Transforming Communication: from Coast to Coast
Not only did the Railroad Act of 1862 lay out a grand plan of connecting the continent by rail, but the legislation called for a communication transformation as well. A telegraph line was to be strung along the transcontinental route ushering in an . . . — Map (db m125276) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Corinne — Water BellCorinne Historical Society
This bell was brought to Corinne by Hyrum House to warn the community at times when the water was to be shut off. In 1896 it was used to ring in Statehood for the State of Utah. It was rung so hard that day, that it cracked, then was placed on a . . . — Map (db m105255) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Bovine
Mile 691.6 from San Francisco Track-laying crews reached Bovine March 28, 1869 and established a section station. A freight platform was constructed in Bovine in 1885. The site was named after Bovine Mountain located directly north of the . . . — Map (db m105480) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Historic Lucin
Mile 680.5 from San Francisco Historic Lucin was established as a section station on July 6th, 1875. A nearby rail station originally held the name "Lucin," but the name and the services were relocated here to Historic Lucin. It also served . . . — Map (db m105482) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Kelton
Mile 734.1 from San Francisco Kelton served as a section station for the Central Pacific Railroad from 1869-1942. The location was originally called Indian Creek but was soon renamed Kelton in honor of a local stockman. The town was built . . . — Map (db m105340) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Matlin
Mile 712.8 from San Francisco Track laying crews reached the site of Matlin on April 5, 1869. Matlin was used by the railroad from 1869-1904 as a section station. Chinese railroad workers built a small community next to the facilities. . . . — Map (db m105426) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Medea Siding1899-1906
Mile 686.4 from San Francisco The presence of the RR made vast areas of the rangeland available to ranchers by providing the vital link to civilization. The RR furnished an avenue for supplies and an outlet to numerous markets. This siding . . . — Map (db m105481) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Old Terrace
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 . . . — Map (db m105430) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Ombey
Mile 722.6 from San Francisco The railroad siding at Ombey was completed in 1879. Within two years , a section house, tool house, and Chinese bunk and cookhouses had been constructed. The nearby facilities of Gravel Pit were abandoned in favor . . . — Map (db m105344) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Peplin
Mile 727.3 from San Francisco Peplin was a small temporary occupation. Central Pacific track layers reached this point on April 9, 1869, but the earliest documented use as a siding was 1888. The remains of Peplin siding can be seen in the . . . — Map (db m105341) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Red Dome Siding1895-1907
Mile 708.5 from San Francisco This siding was built May 30, 1895 to accommodate increased traffic and possibly area ranchers. It appears than no support facilities were constructed at the site. Railroad records indicate that siding . . . — Map (db m105429) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Romola
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 . . . . — Map (db m105347) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Terrace
Terrace was the largest of the Central Pacific towns built in Utah. It was established in April 1869 as the maintenance and repair headquarters for the entire Salt Lake division. The railroad facilities here included and 8-track switchyard, a . . . — Map (db m105434) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Terrace Cemetery1869- ca. 1910
As the town grew, so did the cemetery. Accidents, illness, and old age contributed to residents of Terrace being buried here. The cemetery has been slowly deteriorating, but was in fairly good condition until 1986 when vandals stole some of the . . . — Map (db m105433) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Walden Siding1898-1906
Mile 697.5 from San Francisco This siding, built nearly 30 years after the laying of the track is evidence of ever increasing traffic and constant upgrading and improvement through the years as many as 10 trains a day used the Promontory . . . — Map (db m105479) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Park Valley — Watercress
Mile 699.8 from San Francisco Following the abandonment of Terrace, Watercress served as a principle freight and siding for area ranchers early in the twentieth century. Railroad documents record the existence of corrals, a barn, a stock . . . — Map (db m105437) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — 10 Miles of Track
10 Miles of Track, Laid In One Day. April 28th 1869 — Map (db m4289) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — Golden SpikeNational Historic Site
"The last rail is laid, the spike is driven. The Pacific Railroad is completed." Here at Promontory, Utah, at 12:47 P.M. on May 10, 1869. The driving of a Golden Spike completed the first transcontinental railroad. Climax of a dramatic . . . — Map (db m13488) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — Stephen Tyng MatherJuly 4, 1867 — Jan. 22, 1930
He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done. — Map (db m126140) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — The Southern Pacific MonumentGolden Spike National Historic Site
An Icon Restored In 1965, the National Park Service assumed ownership of the aging monument, which had been damaged by years of weathering and vandalism. The interior had also been severely damaged by ground water that had wicked up into . . . — Map (db m67076) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Promontory — The Track that United the States
A sharp eye can still pick out the marks of early railroad building along this rugged escarpment, even if the original iron rails and timber ties themselves are gone. These fading remnants tell the story of a daunting engineering . . . — Map (db m69108) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Snowville — Elinor
Mile 739.1 from San Francisco Elinor was largely uninhabited. It was a long siding, measuring 2,300 feet in length, and was constructed in the early twentieth century to accommodate increased rail traffic. It was possibly also used as a freight . . . — Map (db m105339) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Snowville — Nella Siding(???)2-19(?)6, 1916-????
Mile 743.6 from San Francisco Nella was an uninhabited siding built(?) in 1902 to serve local ranchers. The siding was removed in 1906, and relaid in 1916. In 191(?) a train car body and freight platform where present. — Map (db m105308) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Snowville — Seco
Mile 743 from San Francisco The section station at Seco was established in 1873 to accommodate facilities moved from Ten-Mile, another section station three-and-a-half miles east. The work crews and inhabitants of Seco were mainly Chinese. . . . — Map (db m105337) HM
Utah (Box Elder County), Snowville — Ten-Mile
Mile 746.6 from San Francisco Ten-Mile was part of the long, circuitous route around the northern edge of the Great Salt Lake. Dry, inhospitable geography and steep railroad grades requiring helper locomotives in several locations led the . . . — Map (db m105304) HM

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