Loco Steve

Loco Steve

Posted on 05/31/2013


Photo taken on July 23, 2011



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California Zephyr Climbing Soldier Summit ( 3 Views )

California Zephyr Climbing Soldier Summit  ( 3 Views )
The Eastbound California Zephyr grunts its way up the steep grade at Soldier Summit
Soldier Summit takes its name from a group of soldiers who were caught in an unexpected snowstorm here in July 1861. These soldiers were Southerners under General Philip St. George Cooke, on their way from Camp Floyd to join the Confederate Army. A few of them died in the storm and were buried on the summit. In 1919.
Soldier Summit Growth was driven by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad moving some of its machine shops, used for servicing helper engines, to this location from Helper. The population of Soldier Summit peaked at 2,500 in the 1920s, but began to decline as the railroad decided to move its operations back to Helper due to the severe winters and high cost of doing business at the summit. The introduction of diesel locomotives, which eliminated the need for helper engines, further hurt the town's fortunes. The railroad moved many employees' homes to Helper, leaving only the foundations
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Ruins at  Colton / Soldier SummitCalifornia Zephyr @ Colton Utah
4 years ago.