National Geographic : 1926 Jan
Photograph by Captain A. W. Stevens THE LUCIN CUT-OFF, ACROSS GREAT SALT LAKE, AS SEEN FROM THE AIR This epoch-making event in railroad construction was completed in 1903, at a cost of $o0,ooo,ooo. It shortened the main-line route between Ogden and San Francisco by 44 miles, eliminated 3,919 degrees of curvature, and reduced the total grade by 1,515feet. Originally the trestle was 27.5 miles long, but eight miles were replaced by a fill. In the depth of winter, large masses of Glauber's salt (sodium sulphate) aretobeseen along the embankments and trestle.