Photographer's Note

Wow, it's good to be back posting at TE again!

This is at the north end of the Great Salt Lake, a few miles south of Promontory Point, where the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869 in the desert well north of the lake. A few decades later, they built a causeway and trestle across the Great Salt Lake itself. Called the Lucin Cutoff, it cut off about 6 hours travel time from the journey either way, east or west.

The trestle was replaced by a causeway--a gravel roadbed built up from the lakebed--in the 1950s. The deepest part of the Great Salt Lake is only 34 feet deep (about 10 metres). Some of the old trestle system is still in place, though. These were probably telephone poles associated with it.

A company has recently purchased the scavenger rights to the pilings, which after over 100 years of curing in the lake make for very good and expensive lumber. Soon they will be gone, like much of U.S. history. I hope they will leave a least a few of the pilings for future generations to see, but I am quite cynical about it. These will probably survive, since they are harder to get out of the ground than the pilings in the water.

The mountain in the background is actually an island: Antelope Island; it is a popular vacation place for hiking, biking and other activities.

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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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