Terrace, UT. Central Pacific Railroad operations base


Black and white photo of a rail car yard. Large barn on left housing coal(?). More barns in background. The transfer text on the top of the photo: "Terrace, Utah 1878. Note arrangement on left for coaling engine." On the right side of photo looks like a depot with a water refueling station in the background. Terrace, Utah is now a ghost town located in Great Salt Lake Desert in west-central Box Elder County, Utah. The town was established in 1869 as a Central Pacific Railroad "division point" (operations base), on the route of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Terrace was dependent on the railroad throughout its history. In 1904 the Southern Pacific Railroad, successor to the Central Pacific, completed the Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake. The new route bypassed Terrace, and the tracks through town became a little-used branchline.  The railroad closed its facilities at Terrace, moving the division point to Montello, Nevada. The railroad line through Terrace was finally abandoned in 1942. Many of Terrace's houses and buildings were moved to Montello, and some remain there today.
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