Saturday, October 31, 2015

Idaho railroad trestle carried trains for 80 years

Railroad trestle at Lawyer's Canyon in Idaho
Railroad trestles that were once used by trains carrying people and goods in western Idaho can still be seen today along U.S. Highway 95 between Lewiston and Grangeville.

The picture above shows one of many trestles built in 1908 to cross Lawyer’s Canyon and Camas Prairie gorges.  This trestle was 1,500 feet long and 296 feet high. The trestles were mostly wood with a metal structure.

The trestles were used by Camas Prairie Railroad, a joint venture of Union and Northern Pacific railroads, for 80 years.

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