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Title: The Pacific tourist : Adams & Bishop’s illustrated trans-continental guide of travel, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean : containing full descriptions of railroad routes across the continent, all pleasure resorts and places of most noted scenery in the Far West, also of all cities, towns, villages, U.S. forts, springs, lakes, mountains, routes of summer travel, best localities for hunting, fishing, sporting, and enjoyment, with all needful information for the pleasure traveler, miner, settler, or business man : a complete traveler’s guide of the Union and Central Pacific Railroads, and all points of business or pleasure travel to California, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Montana, the mines and mining of the Territories, the lands of the Pacific Coast, the wonders of the Rocky Mountains, the scenery of the Sierra Nevadas, the Colorado Mountains, the big trees, the geysers, the Yosemite, and the Yellowstone
Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Shearer, Frederick E Williams, Henry T
Subjects: Union Pacific Railroad Company Central Pacific Railroad Company
Publisher: New York : Adams & Bishop
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
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, lifttheir summitstoward theclouds, and aremost always•covered with.snow, whiletheir sides arelined with darkgreen—the col-or of the pineforests, whichpartially envel-op them. Whilethe road was be-ing built, large•quantities o fties, telegraphpoles and bridgetimber,were cut•on the FootHills, near thesemountains, anddelivered to thecompany. Abouttwo miles north-west of Pied-mont, is a won-derful SodaSpring. Thesediment or de-posits of this INTERIOR OF SNOW spring have built up a conical-shaped body with abasin on the top. In this basin the water appeare,to a small extent, and has evidently sometimehad a greater flow than at present; but, as similarsprings liave broken out around the base of thiscone, the pressure on the main spring has, doubt-less, been relieved, and its flow, consequently,lessened. The cone is about 15 feet high and iswell worthy of a visit from the tourist. AtPiedmont, the traveler will first observe the per-juanent coal pits, built of stone and brick, which
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are used in this country for the manufacture ofcharcoal for the smelting works of Utah. Thereare more of them at Hilliard and Evanston, andthey will be more fully described then. Leaving Piedmont, the road makes a longcurve, like a horse-shoe doubling on itself, and,finally, reaches the summit of the divide in along snow shed, one of the longest on the road.Asjten,—the next station. It is 938.5 milesfrom Omaha, and has a reported elevation of 7,835 feet. Itis not a greatdistance— onlyabout two miles—from the sum-mit. Evidencesof change in theformation of thecountry areeverywheie visi-ble, and thechange affords amarked relief tothe weary mo-notony of thedesolate plainsover which wehave passed.Down the gradewe now passrapidly, withhigh hills oneither side ofthe track —through a lovelyvalley, with anoccasional fill,and through adeep cut, to thenext station.Hilliard^—This station,opened for busi-ness in 1873, is943.5 miles fromOmaha, with anelevation of7,310 feet. Thetown owes i
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