Rocks, Rails and Railroad Ties

Rocks, Rails and Railroad Ties (HM221F)

Location: Burns, OR 97720 Harney County
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N 43° 50.747', W 118° 57.312'

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When the railroad was being built the forest here was a busy place with trees being felled to make ties, and rock being blasted for ballast. In February 1927, forest ranger G. C. Blake reported:

"Yesterday I made the trip from the end of the rails in upper Silvies Valley. There I found 20 men with the work train engaged in laying steel. Back of the train were 8 men adjusting track, and 3 men were ahead of the track-laying crew, placing ties. 2400 feet of track...seems to be very close to an average for one day."

Not far from here, a major feat of engineering was accomplished; the construction of a tunnel 475 feet long.

Starting in May 1925, progress was swift. By late September 270 feet and been excavated and timbered, and by November the tunnel was complete. The Harney County News reported:
"people who are authority on that class of work have pronounced this tunnel one of the best pieces of construction work in its line..."

Despite the first class workmanship, the untreated timbers began to deteriorate after the railroad was abandoned. Finally, with safety in mind, the last remaining timbers were dynamited in 1999.
HM NumberHM221F
Placed ByMalheur National Forest
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees43.84578333, -118.95520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 50.747', W 118° 57.312'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 50' 44.82" N, 118° 57' 18.72" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-395, Burns OR 97720, US
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