About THE OLD MACHINIST
I am 89 years old and was married for 66 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoying my life and I try look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity about what my future has in store for me.
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I was on Hermosa Rd west of Ames monument. No trespassing signs near Dale Creek Bridge site. Who would I get permission from to hike in there?
I do not have information about permission to gain access to the site. I believe the site is on the National List Of Historical Places.
This is where I would start looking. Let me know what you learn.
Where can I find Dale Creek Crossing on Google Earth. I have been to Ames Monument in the 1980s and have chased Union Pacific Steam Trains in that area.
Do a search on “Ames Monument”. Zoom in and you will be in the vicinity of the former site of the town of Summit.
You will know you are in the right place when you observe the imprints left by the depot, roundhouse, and turntable.
Follow the old roadbed west about three miles and you will run into the canyon of Dale Creek (pun intended). You will see the
two abutments and the trestle foundations.
I was quite pleased to happen on to your web site, and then even more pleasantly surprised to find a photo of my wife. She is the lady in the bright blue top in the shot of the UP Historical Society tour walking out of the east approach cut!
I am trying to get permission to go to Dale Creek Trestle site..any suggestions, please? Thanks.
Sorry, but I don’t know who owns the site now. Your best bet would be to find out which county it is in and to contact the county assessor to find out who the owner is. I think all states now have their property ownership records on a map based geographical information system which should let you find that information yourself. Last I knew the land had changed hands since the time when the photo was taken and the new owner does not permit visitors.
Thanks, Jim, for the information. That site has so much history connected to it…Those A.J. Russell photos continue to amaze me with their link to those men, and their creation, of 150 years ago. Have a good day!
I’m related to the Casements and EC Lockwood, all builders of the UP. For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by the Dale Creek bridge and site. I have many documents from the UP-building era as I scooped up tons of material just before the old Casement/Lockwood house was razed in 1971. I’d also love to meet the Old Machinist. Once we’ve worn out the UP, we could discuss machining techniques. I’m also a church organist, but not so much since Covid.