Cool Travel To California images
A few nice Travel To California images I found:
Image from page 147 of “The Pacific tourist : Williams’ 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 n
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Title: The Pacific tourist : Williams’ 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: 1877 (1870s)
Authors: Williams, Henry T
Subjects: Union Pacific Railroad Company Central Pacific Railroad Company
Publisher: New York : H.T. Williams
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University
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reduce each about 1,100bushels of charcoal, for which the proprietorgets 25 cents per bushel,—a business of about,000 per year is done. The Silver Mine wasonce estimated extremely rich, and was sold ^ foran enormous figure, to New York capitalists,of which Messrs. Howland and AspinwaU werespecially interested. The American Fork CanonRailroad was built to facilitate the carrying ofthe ores,—and just as the road was completed,and upward of 0,000 spent, the pocketgave out. At present the mine is said to yieldwith lead, only about 35 ounces per ton ofsilver. At Deer Creek is a lovely picnic groye, purespring water, and for those of good wind andlovers of adventure,—an opportunity for mount-ain climbing. The total length of the canon to this point, is12 miles, and the total length of the railroad, is16 miles,—cost about 0,000, and the mostsolidly built narrow gauge railroad in theUnited States. The total ascent in elevationfor the whole railroad, is nearly 5,000 feet, and
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SCENES IN AMERICAN FORK CANON. 1.—Mt. Aspinwall, or Lone Mountain. 2.—Rock Summits. 3.—Picnic Grove, Deer Creek. 4.—A quiet Glen. 5.—Hanging Rock. 6.—Rock Narrows. the average grade of the railroad is 306 feet.This is the steepest railroad grade in the UnitedStates, and the only grade over 200 feet ascendedby a locomotive. Tourists who have enjoyed so fine and glori-ous a ride up the canon hither, will perhaps ex-pect that the return will be tame. They will bemost pleasantly surprised and disappointed, for itis the grandest of all railroad scenes they will everwitness. Detaching the locomotive from the train, theconductor stands at the little brake, and withouta signal or help, the little cars of the trainquietly start on their downward journey, alone.Gliding down with increasing speed, roundingthe curves with grand and swinging motion, thebreeze fanning your face, and the beautiful,pure mountain air stimulating your spirits tothe highest limits of exhilaration, your feeli
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It Came to This
Image by Road Fun
This is rather obviously a scan of an old family photo. I decided to leave it as-is rather than do any straightening or touch up. You may want to view this large on black as I personally find it interesting to really look at these men and contemplate their situation. You can also see which ones most successfully kept still during the exposure 🙂
I decided to post this photo in these tough times as what we consider "tough" now is a walk in the park compared to what many faced in the Great Depression. In the 20s there was virtually no safety net in the US. In the case of my maternal grandmother’s family this meant all the men had to leave their homes and families and travel to California to find work picking apples in the orchard (and of course other fruits and vegetables as the season changed). I don’t have an ID of most of the men here but I was always told that all but a few are relatives. The "women folk" always expressed pride when talking about this photo because "their men" did whatever they could to help the family survive.
And with that TGIF!!! As I posted on FB there is no doubt we are in one heck of a mess but I’m absolutely certain the world isn’t coming to an end and there are many reasons to still find joy in life. Thanks to all of you for your friendship, support and inspiration!
N.B. I added a follow up comment below because I guess people don’t know the history here. Back in the Great Depression there was no Food Stamps, no Social Security, no Medicaid, no Medicare, no unemployment insurance, programs like WIC to feed the poor didn’t exist. The safety net in the US isn’t what it should be. That is not my point. The Great Depression was incredibly dire and we actually owe that time period thanks for creating what safety net we do have. In Oklahoma alone 400,000 people had to leave their homes and essentially everything they owned in order to avoid virtual starvation.
Travel to California and Arizona, Feb-Mar 2009
Image by lelliekin
Dramatic rainbow shot.