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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Thursday, January 10, 2013

1912 VERDE VALLEY RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION; January.

Verde Heritage

"CEDAR GLADE IS LIVELY SCENE OF ACTION"

"Grading on the new railroad out of Cedar Glade was reported yesterday by Scott Mitchell of the L. J. Smith Construction company, as progressing favorably, and twenty-four miles of country are covered by thirteen camps established along the line. In that distance some heavy rock work is being performed and as calculated beforehand is up to the standard."

"All camps have the maximum number of employes, and the line should be completed to the Verde valley on time. Track laying was resumed a few days ago by the S. F. P. & P. crew, and four miles is being operated. The distance will be increased daily hereafter, and as the line is being extended grading will be materially added. No accidents of any serious character have as yet taken place, notwithstanding the work is heavy at many camps and a vast amount of powder is being used."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; Wednesday, January 10, 1912; page 7; from Thursday's Daily.)

"VERDE VALLEY RAILWAY" TO BE THE NAME OF THE NEW ROAD. Progress In Building New Railroad Is Satisfactory.

"THE NEWS yesterday telephoned Chief Engineer Yeager of the Santa Fe, Prescott & Pacific Railway and its branches, for the official name of the railway now under construction from Cedar Glade to the site of the new smelter to be built by the United Verde Copper Company in the Verde Valley northeast of Jerome. Mr. Yeager replied that the official name of the new railway would be the 'Verde Valley Railway.' Thus will the name of one of the richest valleys in the Southwest be continually before the thousands who travel over and live near the immense Santa Fe system."

"Engineer Parker who is in charge of the work on the Verde Valley Railway, said to a representative of THE NEWS who visited the camp at mile 23 Thursday, that the construction work on the line was moving along rapidly. He said that they now have 500 men at work and that work was being done on every mile of the road between Cedar Glade and camp mile 23, excepting on miles 11, 17, 21 and 22. Track has been laid to a point four miles out from Cedar Glade, and the road graded for another four, excepting where a number of cuts and fills will occur. At the 600 foot tunnel at camp mile 23, near the Perkins ranch, they are in 35 feet, and have 18 feet of this timbered. They do not now expect to have a camp established this side of the camp at mile 23 before April. The line between the Perkins ranch and Jerome has been changed so as to escape cutting into the side of an immense hard rock cliff along which they expected at first to run the roadbed."

(Jerome News; January 20, 1912; page 1.)

"Tuesday morning John Olsen, a cook at camp mile 23, died of congestion of the lungs. His remains were laid to rest in the Del Rio cemetery. Deceased had for years followed the occupation of railroad camp cook, and was well and favorably known to railroad contractors and laborers."

(Jerome News; January 20, 1912; page 1.)




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