Romola (HM1ZXM)

Location: Park Valley, UT 84329 Box Elder County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 35.424', W 113° 16.602'

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Mile 717.6 from San Francisco

The railroad siding at Romola was built in 1899 to meet increased rail traffic and the needs of local ranchers. The railroad was used by ranchers and cowboys as a way to move the cattle they raised to market . With the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, it became possible to transport these cattle to eastern market, which had developed a taste for beef at aa time when the effects of the Civil War had depleted eastern herds.

The bridge just west of Romola Siding (pictured) is a good, surviving example of a single stringer trestle with large wooden wings. To the east of Romola is a wooden trestle bridge. When first built, in the rush to get to Promontory and complete the railroad, many of these bridges were laid on simple timber sills. The subsequent work of "piling" was carried out by many Chinese section gangs. Piling entailed digging deep holes for wooden foundations poles. Without these, the bridges were prone to wash out when heavy rains fell. Piles were also supported by "riprap" (rocks, boulders, used boiler bricks, and other trash) to reduce under cutting.

Southern Pacific track plats indicate that a loading platform and a train car body were located at Romola, but there was no settlement.
Series This marker is part of the Transcontinental Railroad series, and the Transcontinental Railroad series, and the Transcontinental Railroad series.
Placed ByDepartment of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 310238 N 4606803
Decimal Degrees41.59040000, -113.27670000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 35.424', W 113° 16.602'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 35' 25.44" N, 113° 16' 36.12" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Railroad Grade Rd, Park Valley UT 84329, US
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