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Notes on the Geography of The Western United States: The Central Pacific Railroad: Photo 45

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Here's that same bridge, seen from its south side. The Interstate is across on the north side of the Yuba, at the toe of the rightly-named Red Mountain. Until the development of rotary snowplows about 1900, the trains here ran through 40 miles of wooden snow sheds, frequently set alight by stray locomotive sparks. To protect the sheds, the CP maintained a lookout in a cabin at the top of Red Mountain. Maybe they're rotted away now, but in the 1960s you could still see a huge accumulation of empty tin cans near the old lookout cabin.

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