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High Embankment near Auburn Ravine     38°54'56.34"N", 121°4'1.02"W


This photograph illustrates the extent to which workers would raise tracks even on relatively flat land in order to avoid changes in elevation. The completed road appears to completely block the Auburn Ravine, which was the site of an early gold discovery that led to the founding of the city of Auburn. Auburn became a "jumping off" spot for miners. From Crofutt's Transcontinental Tourist's Guide, 1871: "Leaving Colfax [and headed West], we resume our journey. Following down Auburn Ravine, at times near its bed and anon winding in and out among the hills, passing cosy little ranches, we reach Clipper Gap, once a thriving camp, now only a depot for the freight needed in this vicinity. Elevation, 1,757 feet. We leave the ravine and keep along the foothills to hold the grade, and after passing through many an old washed place mine, we arrive at Auburn" (Crofutt, 179).


Trees and other vegetation have grown up around the track, obscuring the original steep embankment and the ravine itself.