Exterior: Donner Summit Tunnel Graffiti - Truckee, CA

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During the winter, snow levels at Donner Summit can reach up to 70 feet.  In January 1870, nine months after the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed, an avalanche tore away hundreds of feet of track.  Workers shoveled to remove the snow but even buckers (engines with plows) could not make headway. The shovelers toiled for six days and still there were seven miles of snow covered track to go.  Stranded passengers bound for California complained  to the railroads and were shown the snowblocked tracks. They were told to walk if the wanted to reach their destination, which they did. Without proper clothing they made their way through the snow and tunnels all the way to Emigrant Gap. The following spring, the Central Pacific set out to build and maintain 62 miles of wooden snow sheds to protect their tracks. 65 million board feet of lumber and 900 tons of bolts and spikes were used.  By the 1980's, the few remaining wooden sheds were replaced with concrete only to be abandoned in the 1990's.
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Latitude: 39° 18' 56" N, Longitude: 120° 19' 14" W see »

Location: United States

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Where's Waldo?

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Picture Window View of Donner Lake

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From Donner Summit.

Interior: Donner Summit Tunnel Graffiti - Truckee, CA

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The Donner Summit Tunnels were decommissioned in 1993, after some 130 years of use. The tracks and water sheds are gone. The temperature in the...

China Wall of the Sierra - Truckee, CA

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Just outside and to the left of this tunnel is a hand built retaining wall that was constructed by Chinese laborers. It is now known as China Wall....

Exterior: Donner Summit Tunnel Graffiti - Truckee, CA

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During the winter, snow levels at Donner Summit can reach up to 70 feet.  In January 1870, nine months after the First Transcontinental Railroad...

An Entrance to the Donner Summit Railroad Tunnels - Truckee, CA

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Emigrant Chinese laborers constructed the railroad tunnels above Truckee, California, with picks and black powder in the 1860s as part of the...

Donner Pass - Truckee, CA

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Donner Pass,  in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California, viewed from the Rainbow Bridge parking lot. Donner Pass is named for the...

Morning Twilight @ Bears Landing - Donner Lake, CA

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Testing Hejnar Photo Panoramic head.

Sepulveda Dam

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Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials...

Sepulveda Dam Graffiti

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Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials...

Sepulveda Dam at Sunset

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Built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, the Sepulveda Dam has been used for locations for countless films and commercials...

La Casa de Pensamiento Libre (HDR) - Van Nuys, CA

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Testing Photomatix Pro 4.2

La Casa de Pensamiento - Van Nuys, CA

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Testing Canon 8-15mm @ 8mm.

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