In 1863, Brigham Young the leader of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah prophesized: "timber would descend from the cliffs like a hawk flying".
This dream was taken to heart by David Flanigan in 1901, who designed a cable system transporting lumber from the top of the Zion high country where forests existed. In 1904, the Cable Mountain Draw Works was completed with steel cables hauling lumber from a saw mill a vertical distance of 2,000 feet (610 meters)from the top of Cable Mountain to the valley.
Depletion of the forests above led to the end of the draw works by 1926, and the steel cables were removed.
Today hikers may see the headframe and other relics at the top of Cable Mountain after hiking 15 miles.
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batalay (38549) 2014-03-03 7:39
Ray fascinating note complements an excellent photo of the rugged rocks. Too bad, Brigham Young did not live to see the consequence if his pronouncement of 1863.
Regards from a snow shrouded Washington,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-03 10:17
What a wonderful landscape! I love your composition here, and the colors as well as DOF are excellent. The shape of the mountain is beautiful,
Noel_Byrne (30113) 2014-03-03 10:52
They must be fascinating relics to find at the top of this remote looking place, an icon of a time passed. It is amazing to think the technology employed all the way back then to take the wood from this place. One thing that really stands out to me on this fine image is the sky, if I look at it hard, the clouds start moving! A brilliant sense of life.
Thanks as always, cool photo and note.
Silvio1953 (139853) 2014-03-03 11:26
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, superb sky, wonderful warm colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (17066) 2014-03-03 12:29
Informative note for this impresive landscape, now I understand its name
Must be great to found while hiking some of the remains of the cable system
Well done color contrast with great sky