Railroaded

in collaboration with The Spatial History Project


#18. High Embankment

This high embankment illustrates the way railroad construction blocked drainages and affected water patterns. The purpose of what appear to be stone walls on both sides of the track is unclear. The railroad is clearly cutting across developed farm or ranch land.

Only a photographer seeking to replicate Hart's earlier photograph would take this photograph today. What seemed an engineering feat in the 19th century now seems a non-descript length of track cutting alongside the city of Auburn.

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