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Rock River Union Pacific Snowshed Plant, .6 Mile North of Rock River, Rock River, Albany County, WY



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Item Title
Photocopy Of Photograph

Location
.6 Mile North of Rock River, Rock River vicinity, WY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WY-6
Building/structure dates: 1917 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1919
Building/structure dates: 1947 demolished
Significance: The site was the location of the Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad snowshed construction plant. The plant was built after the unusually severe blizzards during the winter of 1916-17 that nearly paralyzed rail operations between Cheyenne and Rawlins for a two week period. The railroad's solution was to erect several snowsheds over the yards at Rock River and three additional sites between Rock River and Medicine Bow. The initial temporary timber and iron structures were replaced with permanent precasted concrete showsheds of innovative design. These were manufactured in the open-air construction plant near Rock River. The prefabrication technique used had only recently been adopted in the United States. The showshed plant was a major industrial undertaking which had substantial impact on the towns of Laramie and Red River. Once construction of the four showsheds were completed, Union Pacific dismantled the construction plant and abandoned the site.

Subjects
Ruins
Industrial Facilities
Railroad Facilities


Related Names
Union Pacific Transcontinental Railroad
Wyoming State Highway Department


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Photocopy of historic photograph of construction plant in operation, ca. 1917-19. From the Joseph E. Stimson Collection, Wyoming State Archives Museum and Historical Department. VIEW BETWEEN TRESTLES 4 AND 5, LOOKING SOUTH
2. Photocopy of historic photograph of construction plant in operation, ca. 1917-19. From the Joseph E. Stimson Collection, Wyoming State Archives Museum and Historical Department. VIEW BETWEEN TRESTLES 5 AND 6, LOOKING SOUTH
3. Photocopy of historic photograph of completed concrete snowshed, ca. 1917. From the Fee-Murphy Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. UNKNOWN ANGLE VIEW
4. Photocopy of photograph. From the Fee-Murphy Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. AERIAL VIEW OF CONSTRUCTION PLANT SITE
5. VIEW LOOKING EAST TOWARD TERMINAL
6. VIEW LOOKING EAST TOWARD TERMINAL
7. VIEW LOOKING EAST TOWARD TERMINAL
8. Photocopy of photograph. From the Fee-Murphy Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. VIEW LOOKING SOUTH TOWARD FORMWORKS FROM TOP OF TOWER BASE
9. Photocopy of photograph. From the Fee-Murphy Collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. VIEW LOOKING NORTH TOWARD FORMWORKS FROM TOP OF TOWER BASE
10. VIEW LOOKING WEST TOWARD TERMINALS FROM TOP OF TERMINAL 6
11. VIEW LOOKING WEST TOWARD TERMINALS
12. VIEW LOOKING WEST TOWARD TERMINALS


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