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This is another image recounting the old Lucin Cutoff railroad trestle system that went across the Great Salt Lake, now replaced by rock and gravel causeway. This old barge somehow lifts the pilings out of the ground. I really don't know how they do it. I should have asked, but no one was around!

The pilings are each very long, and some had been lashed together if they were not on solid ground when inserted into the ground. As the pilings are removed, you can perhaps imagine the quality of lumber: long, straight, single trees that are difficult to come by now--and the wood is sometimes over 100 years old.

It was recently discovered that Strativarius' secret for his masterful instruments was that he used old, old wood found in the mud of a nearby river (but in Europe), much like the lumber that is coming from this lake. It really is good lumber, though I do wish the salvage company would leave some of them in for history's sake.

The colors are from various types of salt-tolerant algae. My wife tells me they are kind of lovely, but they look strange and other-worldly to me!

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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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