Idaho's 1st Railroad
Posted by: muddawber
N 42° 47.869 W 112° 15.717
12T E 396803 N 4739135
Quick Description: Idaho's first railroad was an off shoot of the transcontinental line.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 4:51:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM25G7
Through this canyon once puffed the wood burning locomotives of the narrow-gauge Utah and Northern Railway.
Construction, undertaken by a Mormon co-op, came northward from a junction with the transcontinental line but stopped in 1874 at Franklin on the Utah-Idaho border. Jay Gould, famous financier of the Union Pacific, took over in 1877: trains were passing here the next summer and the rails reached Montana in 1880. New life for east Idaho followed the shrieking whistles of those little Utah and Northern trains
Marker Name: Idaho's 1st Railroad
Marker Type: Roadside
Group Responsible for Placement: Idaho Historical Society and Idaho Transportation Department
Marker Number: 17
Marker Text: Not listed
Date Dedicated: Not listed
Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed
In your log, please say if you learned something new, and if you took any extra time to explore the area once you stopped at the historic marker waymark.
If possible please post a photo of you OR your GPS at the marker location.
Also if you know of any additional links not already mentioned about this bit of Idaho history please include that in your log.