Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads

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In 1963, Norman Clark officially opened Roaring Camp to the public. Since then, it has become a popular and well-known destination for tourists and rail buffs from around the world who wish to visit and ride on its 100-year-old steam trains. Isaac Graham, who constructed the first powered sawmill and the first whiskey distillery in the American West, settled the area in the 1840s. Graham was notorious for his boisterous antics, and his settlement became known as a qwild and roaring camp.q Clark arrived in the area in the mid-1950s with $25 in his pocket and the dream of preserving a piece of early California. Clark's dream included a plan to construct an 1880s railroad town, complete with an authentic narrow-gauge logging railway. Over the last 50 years, Clark's dream has been continued and expanded, now incorporating two railroads, one of which dates to 1875.Designed to carry the weight of a moderna€”at the timea€”standard gauge freight locomotive, it was built by Southern Pacific bridge and maintenance~of~way crews in ... The tracks passed over the lower bridge, regaining solid ground as they simultaneously passed through the pilings and ... Passengers riding in the last car on long trains would be able to look out the windows and see the locomotive thatanbsp;...

Title:Roaring Camp Railroads
Author:Beniam Kifle, Nathan Goodman
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2013-06-10


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