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08-03-2012, 09:23 AM #1
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Expedition Utah Quarterly Trail Ride: Transcontinental Railroad Documentation Project
What: Transcontinental Railroad Documentation Project
When: September 8th at 8:00am
Where: The old transcontinental railroad (TCRR) grade from the Golden Spike National Historic Site to the ghost town of Lucin.
Who: Anyone interested in helping to document historic sites along the old TCRR.
One of Expedition Utah’s missions is to document Utah’s backcountry and historical sites. So we are embarking upon the project of compiling data regarding the original transcontinental railroad grade. Along this approximately 90 mile grade are many old ghost towns, sidings, railroad trestles and bridges in addition to other points of interest such as Red Hill. We would like to document each of these sites with photographs and GPS coordinates.
To accomplish this we are looking for volunteers to help us. We will be meeting at the Golden Spike National Historic Site[Map] on Saturday, September 8th at 8am. From there we will break into two teams, the first dedicated to documenting the ghost towns, sidings and “other” points, and the second dedicated to documenting the trestles and bridges. Both teams will also take time to document road conditions such as washouts or other dangers. Each team will need someone with a GPS to mark the sites, and several people with cameras. Plan on this trip taking most of the day. The trail itself isn’t challenging, but we will be going slowly to make sure we don’t miss anything and taking time at each spot to get as many photo’s as we can.
After the trip we will collect all the photos and GPS data and compile it to update the TCRR page on Expedition Utah.
So if this interests you (and we hope it does!) please post up that you want to come along!
Some people will be camping at Rozel Point[Map] overlooking the Spiral Jetty on Friday night. Anyone is free to join us for that as well. We will likely be there by 7pm.
What is Expedition Utah? Expedition Utah is a website and forum dedicated to vehicle assisted exploration of Utah's beautiful and varied backcountry. We strive to provide an online repository of information to help people plan their next adventures and a forum to let them discuss it with others who share their passion. Our Quarterly Trail Rides are designed to move that experience off the computer and into the real world by highlighting Utah's thousands and thousands of miles of scenic backroads.
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