Thursday, November 22, 2007

"The Iron Horse: The way to Sierra winter sports"

"The Iron Horse: The way to Sierra winter sports" by Mark McLaughlin, © Sierra Sun, November 13, 2007. (News Article)

" ... The Southern Pacific railroad's Snowball Express delivered winter sports enthusiasts to Truckee in the 1930s. ... Building a railroad over the Sierra Nevada, however, was a major challenge to the men laying the rails, especially during the heavy winters of 1867 and 1868. Forty-four snowstorms during the winter of 1867 took a lethal toll on the Chinese railroad crews struggling to reach the Sierra Crest west of Coburn’s Station (soon re-named Truckee). Total accumulation on Donner Pass that year exceeded 40 feet, which effectively shut down all construction except for tunnel work. One avalanche wiped out an entire work camp; when the bodies were discovered the following spring, work tools were still clutched in their hands. ... " [More]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This author spills his ink in a vigorous manner, yet, for a reason unknown to this gentle reader, he DOES NOT SOURCE HIS FACTS WITH FOOTNOTES! The one thing dear Edson Strobridge taught me, and others, was to footnote each and every sentence with FIRST PERSON notes. No 'borrowing' from previously written books, the correct historian will go out and find the facts for him/her self. Then, my friends, you will have a book such as THE GOVERNOR by Norm Tutorow.
Sure wish these news guys could learn from Norman..........G J Chris Graves, NewCastle, Cal.

11/24/2007 8:06 AM  

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