Cables from the Rim

Cables from the Rim (HMR2H)

Location: Springdale, UT 84767 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 16.218', W 112° 56.146'

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Barely visible on the canyon rim are the ruins of a cableworks from the early 1900s. Mormon pioneers in the Zion area needed lumber for construction, but the good timber - ponderosa pine - was out of reach on the mesa above. Settlers had to haul lumber by wagon from as far away as Arizona's Kaibab Forest, a two-week trip.

In 1900 Springdale resident David Flanigan began looping 50,000 feet of telegraph wire through a series of drums and pulleys in the cableworks above and down to a second framework on the mound behind you.

When the cable system was completed, boards could travel down from the clifftop in 2½ minutes - not two weeks. With the cable operation modern building began in Zion. The park's original lodge and cabins, and many of the buildings in Springdale, made use of lumber lowered from the canyon rim.
HM NumberHMR2H
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 328365 N 4126614
Decimal Degrees37.27030000, -112.93576667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.218', W 112° 56.146'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 13.08" N, 112° 56' 8.76" W
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Area Code(s)435
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 832 E Mesa Trail, Springdale UT 84767, US
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