Photographer's Note

This is the second photo documenting the old railroad system that used a trestle in parts to cut across the Great Salt Lake. Called the Lucin Cutoff, it did in actually cut off 4-6 hours from the journey around the lake. It also made some ghost towns out of some of the cities through which the train used to go. You'll recall that the old system was the one that is famous as the connecting point (with a golden spike) for the completion of the North American transcontinental railroad.

Now, a causeway of rocks and gravel takes the place of the trestle and all that is left of the trestle are these posts, or pilings as they are called. The trestle used to run atop these.

The pilings are being salvaged and are being sold as expensive lumber. The wood is indeed very nice; a friend of mine has a fireplace mantel made from it. Each piling is from 25 feet to even 100 feet long (made from lashings of several together as they tried to find solid ground in the deep Salt Lake mud.

These pilings stand on the very tip of the geographic Promontory Point. The famous Promontory Point where the golden spike was laid is about 30 miles north of this place and gets its name from being near here.

Unfortunately, I'm sure these pilings are scheduled for removal, and the U.S. will lose yet another chapter of its history. We in the U.S. have a difficult time preserving many of our important historical sites. Here's the good news: I've been lobbying my state congressman to have these preserved and opened to the public. We'll see what happens. Perhaps in a year or two, I'll have an update with, or without, the pilings.

Processing: I deliberately overexposed this photo, then darkened the middle tones in Photoshop. I converted to b/w using primarily the blue channel, which lightened the sky even further.

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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