“Cape Horn Sightseers Colfax”
Artist: James Geddes
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“Cape Horn Sightseers”
Thank you Mike Monahan for the reference help!
It was common practice in the 1800’s to stop the trains on Cape Horn and the passengers
were allowed to marvel at the view and the incredible feat of constructing a train bed across a
stone face that was nearly vertical! You can see some passengers in the sketch.
There is a lot of controversy over the notion that Chinese were lowered in
baskets or just ropes down the 75 degree rock face of Cape Horn in order to drill and set dynamite.
Then they would scamper back up before the blast.
However it was done in 1864-1866 it was an engineering and true grit accomplishment!
A written accounting presented by Stephen E. Ambrose:
The Chinese made the roadbed and laid the track around Cape Horn.
Though this took until the spring of 1866, it was not as time-consuming
or difficult as had been feared. Still it remains one of the best known of all the labors
on the Central Pacific, mainly because, unlike the work in the tunnel, it makes for a spectacular
diorama. As well it should. Hanging from those [ropes], drilling holes in the cliff,
placing the fuses, and getting hauled up was a spectacular piece of work. The white laborers
couldn't do it. The Chinese could, if not as a matter of course, then quickly
and — at least they made it look this way — easily. Young Lewis Clement
did the surveying and then took charge of overseeing the railroad engineering at Cape Horn.
“What Clement planned and the Chinese made became one of the grandest sights to be seen along the
entire Central Pacific line. Trains would halt there so tourists could get out of their cars to gasp and gape at the
gorge and the grade.”
—Stephen E. Ambrose, “Nothing Like It in the World
"The Men Who Built The Transcontinental Railroad 1863 - 1869”