Sunday, October 7, 2012

Railroad Engineers



Today's picture features a group of Railroad Engineers building a track to Deadwood. This was a particularly challenging area where they had to carve a track bed into the side of the mountain. The picture was taken in 1888.

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  1. Watch out for falling rocks

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  2. One thing I like about old photos with men in them is men use to wear hats…..all styles of hats. These days it’s for the most part baseball caps covered in advertising for some company that isn’t paying you a cent for it. Old style hats had class, they were personal, often individually styled with the help of a little steam…..imo baseball caps just make you look like everyone else.
    The dog in the photo looks very ‘dedicated’. I don’t think anyone is going to sneak up on their campsite at night and get away with it.

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  3. So, two surveyor's, the older guys front and center, three assistant's (stickmen), and everybody has a helper - rough terrain up there I'm guessing.

    I was actually out in the field with a stick and a peep sight myself last week, it's nice to feel a connection across 100+ years.

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  4. oh this photo reminds me of an old one we have somewhere of hubby's grandfather as a youngster working in a similar scene, but in MN. Gotta scan and share it.

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  5. In looking at photos of this type, what always strikes me is that when I learned mapping as a geology student the surveying instruments were identical to those depicted . . .thereby either telling me that they had amazing longevity or that I really am part of an earlier age.

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  6. Pat(s), yeah, that's what I thought too. As late as the 1990's things hadn't changed much - there is only so much you can do with optics. Like a crescent wrench or claw hammer, at a certain point a technology is pretty much perfected.

    But the actual surveyors now use completely new technology, GPS and lasers for just about everything. Bluetooth connectivity and uploading to the cloud in real time...

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  7. The dog is a Pit Bull, which was until the 1980s America's Dog, akin to the British Bulldog.

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