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Posted on 05/31/2013


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California Zephyr @ Thistle Utah

California Zephyr @ Thistle Utah
This is from the Eastbound California Zephyr passing works equipment
Now Thistle is a ghost town - At its peak, around 1917, Thistle had about 600 residents. The town's railroad infrastructure included a five-stall roundhouse, depot, machine shop, and structures to restock passing trains with sand, coal and water. Non-railroad infrastructure included general stores, a post office, barber shop, saloon, pool hall, bakeries and restaurants. The largest building was a two-story schoolhouse, built in 1911.
In April 1983, a massive landslide (known as a slump) dammed the Spanish Fork River. The residents were evacuated as nearly 65,000 acre feet (80,000,000 m3) of water backed up, flooding the town. Thistle was almost completely destroyed; only a few structures were left partially standing
Federal and state government agencies have claimed this was the most costly landslide in United States history, the economic consequences of which affected the entire region. The landslide resulted in the first presidentially declared disaster area in the state of Utah.
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