My county is creating a recreational trail on the unused rail line running through the middle of my preserve. Full completion is scheduled for late summer 2015, but significant portions of the trail are in place and in use.
Kali and I have already developed a favorite loop hike that incorporates a section of county trail and the trails in my preserve. We've walked it quite a few times.
Last Saturday was crystal clear but cold. I suggested that we walk the loop, but Kali demurred because of the low temperatures. So, I went out alone with my camera. After I took the single image above, the camera's battery was fully discharged and I couldn't take any more images. (Don't you hate when that happens?)
Sunday was warmer by about 15 degrees, but the sky was overcast. Nevertheless, Kali agreed to walk the loop. So, I took the same image in a horizontal orientation on Sunday.
This rock cut along the rail line right-of-way is of significance because this cut was the site of a horrific train accident on December 5, 1921. Two passenger trains traveling in opposite directions collided head-on and the passenger cars caught fire. Many passengers were injured and 16 were killed. This accident was the "straw that broke the camel's back" with regard to wooden passenger cars; they were banned soon afterward.
Below are two historic images of the accident in the rock cut, which is now known as Death Gulch.
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