Utah and California Railway Co. _
Replying to yours of____ Salt Lake City, Utah, July 15,1896.
Mr. R. C. Lund,
Director U, & C. Ry., Salt Lake.
The side stakes on the coal branch will all be set from the coal mines down to Cedar City by Saturday--15th. Unless there is some other work for the engineer corps which has been at work there, the men had better be laid off.
In this connection I would like to call your attention to the terms on which the Pioneer Square was provisionally granted to the Utah & Pacific Improvement Co. The first condition was that at the end of 90 days (which would be June 10th, 1896) the company was to have 10 miles of grade under construction. At that date the Salt Lake & Pacific Ry. had 10 miles of road cross sectioned, had let a grading contract for the 10 miles and had a little over 4 miles of grade completed. The grading force has since been withdrawn.
The second condition was that at the end of six months (which would be Sept. 12, 1396) the company was to have 50 miles of road-bed completed. It is a physical impossibility to do this on the Salt Lake & Pacific Ry., but it can be readily done on the Utah & California, from Milford south, if the matter is taken in hand at once.
The line as located to Cedar City and Kanarra leaves the old grade of the 0. S. L. & U. N. Ry. near Sulphur Springs, 35 miles from Milford. The exact distances are: RC.L.--2
Miles from Sulphur Miles from Mil¬ford.
Sulphur Junction...................... 0 35,1
South Line S. 22, T 34 S, R 13 W, . . .. 14.9 50.0 Stone House,First water in Iron -
Springs Creek.......... 19.9 55,0
Iron Springs Pass......................22.4 57.5
Kanarra Junction...................... 24.2 59.3
Cedar City, Main St................. 32.0 67.1
Porks of Coal Creek,East & South Porks 40.4 75.5
The 35 miles of old grade can be surfaced up (according to Le Prohon's estimate) for $200 per mile, or $7,000 . There are 12 small pile trestle openings on the 35 miles which originally required 2,618 lineal feet of piling and 63,000 ft. B. M. of lumber. Most of them were finished in 1890, but I understand the railroad officials removed all the lumber when the grade was abandoned, and teamsters and travellers have chopped down a great many of the piles. They could be easily replaced.
The openings for the 12 trestles aggregated 432 lin. ft., and trestle of that kind complete is worth about $7.00 per lineal ft. or $3,024 for the whole.
If this 35 miles was put inti shape, the first question would be whether the additional 15 miles necessary to complete the 50 mile di¬vision should be finished on the line toward Pioche or the line toward Cedar City. The former would be the cheaper as the grading could be done for $200 per mile, and there are only 3 small trestles, which could be put in for $500. The 15 miles toward Cedar City has no trestle but has 76,585 yds of earth work in it, which, at 8 cts would aggregate $6126 or about $400 per mile.
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If it is decided to put this 50 miles into shape to meet the re¬quirements of the Pioneer Square donation, there are just 59 days left in which to complete the work, and the engineer corps should be moved to Milford at once to set the grade stakes, and make out the bills of timber and piles required for the trestles.
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