San Rafael Swell Country - Emery County, Utah

San Rafael Swell Railroad Photos

The DEnver and Rio Grande Railroad began extending its narrow-gauge line through the northern portion of the San Rafael Swell.  From Green River the railroad wouls travel through Cottonwood Wash, and Buckhorn Flat to the Castle Valley Junction, located east of Huntington.  At the junction the railroad would divide with one brnach going south, and eventually go through Salina Canyon.  The other branch would head north through Price Canyon.  During construction railroad ties were cut in Tie Fork Canyon, a canyon that splits from the main Huntington Canyon.  Once the ties were cut they were floated down the Huntington Creek for 20 miles and then fished out of the creek for delivery to the railroad.  The railorad tie buisness only lasted for about year once the railroad was abandoned. 

Railroad grade with ties

San Rafael Swell Railroad Grade

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