Title: Examination on the Rules, Maintenance of Way, and Structures
Creator: Southern Pacific Transportation Company
other_numbers: CS-2186-K [REV 6/1/90]
found_Location: Crew Shack, Amedee Rd, Wendell, California [Coordinates 40.3480650081, -120.23230433]
Rights_of_Way: Southern Pacific (Modoc); Union Pacific
Trackage: None (scrap of various states)
Travel: by four and four; by site (sight) and inquiries of recognition; biomass intrusion; by deep red ballast on the old old way; by coterminous dust; by ignition danger; by trespassing the hot white sun
Tree_Terminology: Root; Trunk or Bole; Head or Crown; Branch; Spray
"One of the largest and most stately timber trees of the world, the Sugar Pine occasionally reaches a diameter of 10 ft. and a height of 250 ft. The long, horizontal branches with pendent, pitch-encrusted cones at their tips make the mighty trees veritable "towers of jewels" in the sun."
Following_localities: Mdewakanton–(Mday-wah-kan-ton) “Mystery Lake Village”; Wahpekute–(Wah-pay-koo-tay) “Shooters among the leaves (of deciduous trees)”; Wahpeton–(Way-pay-ton) “Village among the leaves (of deciduous trees)”; Sisiton–(See-see-ton) “Marsh Village”; Yankton–(Ee-angk-ton) “End Village”; Yaktonais–(Ee-angk-ton-aye) “Little-end Village”; Teton–(Tee-ton) “Dwellers on the Prairie”; Sicangu–(Si-chang-hu) “Burned Thighs” (also called Brule); Itazipco–(Ee-tah-zip-cho) “Without a bow” (also called Sansarc); Sihasapa–(See-hah-sah-pah) “Black Feet”; Miniconjou–(Miniikanyedan wojupi) (Mnee-ko-jou) “Those who plant beside the stream”; Oohenonpa–(O-o-hay-non-pah) “Two boilings,” called “Two Kettles”; Oglala–(O-glah-la) “To scatter one’s own”; Hunkpapa–(Hung-kpah-pah) “End of the circle”
"Throughout South Dakota, a stranger will notice in the cities and along the highways a human familiarity like that of a small village. On the streets the resident speaks to nearly everyone, and calls by their first names half of those he meets."
Author: Wheeler, Sessions S. [not from old catalog]
Publisher: The Caxton Printers, Ltd
Deserts: The Desert; The Dreaded Forty-Mile Desert; The Black Rock Desert–Indian Stronghold; The Mohave Desert
"Where lakes had sparkled for endless miles, only sand and baked mud flats remained. The great southern meadows were gone and with them the large mammals they had sustained. Clouds of white dust swept upward from alkali-coated playas as winds built dunes of shifting sand; and under the glare of the summer sun, distance had no ending. And so, to the first white men who ventured there, the uncharted land seemed barren and forbidding–and they named it desert"
"The story of thousands of products lies in the ring of a faller’s ax, in the clamor of a logging tractor, in the deep-throated song and the high-pitched song of a mill’s saws. These are the hearty, well-known sounds of the West Coast lumber industry."
I never intended to own a pickup until my grandfather gave me his. With his eyesight too poor to drive he decided the truck should go. And so I received a Toyota T100 pickup (off-road edition) with a clip-on altimeter marked for the altitudes of home and work, and one crushed side panel where he slid into a snowbank one winter driving home from his job as the Dentist in Yosemite National Park. In the glove box was a Kelly Blue Book printout with the condition “Perfect” circled in blue pen.
When he died a year later, some strange foresight brought him to give me the words that he did not know would be his last—“Keep adventuring.” And so with this mandate for adventure I drove—long distances and down dirt roads and toward every unknown thing I could find on the horizon or the map. Each destination a new kind of ritual, I offer Tempiute and the Dark Canyon Rd and Paradox and Henness Pass and the creek forded at Bullfrog as the library grows.
And I note the altitude of each, and how far from home.
-Submitted by Charlie Macquarie in Carson City, Nevada.
"Aware of the inherent deficiencies of the formation at the site, the designers and builders of the reservoir attempted to assemble an integral structure which would meet all the requirements for stability. Their work was a success as long as the reservoir and its foundation remained together and functioned as a unit. But powerful and inexorable forces were acting to disrupt this harmony."
"Sitting on the flank of the sensitive Newport-Inglewood fault system with its associated tectonic restlessness, at the rim of a rapidly depressing subsidence basin, on a foundation adversely influenced by water, this reservoir was called upon to do more than it was able to do."
presence_descriptor: cadillac plus four in field (shotgun and shotgun glance); fraternities and bands and stuff (“hey man, are you waiting for the rocks?”); farm house, not abandoned; roadie (Colnago); two in the distance