Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park

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Coordinates: 40°39′36″N 111°30′05″W / 40.66000°N 111.50139°W / 40.66000; -111.50139
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park
Utah State Park
Union Pacific Rail Trail.jpg
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail just north of Wanship
Country  United States
State  Utah
County Summit
Coordinates 40°39′36″N 111°30′05″W / 40.66000°N 111.50139°W / 40.66000; -111.50139
Highest point
 - elevation 6,900 ft (2,103 m)
Lowest point
 - elevation 5,280 ft (1,609 m)
Length 28 mi (45 km)
Area 450 acres (182 ha)
Founded 1992
Management Utah State Parks, Mountain Trails Foundation
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location of Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail in Utah

The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a recreational trail that follows abandoned railroad lines in Summit County, Utah, United States.

The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is 28 miles (45 km) long, and averages 125 feet (38 m) wide.[1] The trail stretches between Park City and Echo Reservoir, following Interstate 80 across Silver Creek Canyon, then going along the Weber River through the towns of Wanship and Coalville. Elevation along the trail varies from 5,280 feet (1,610 m) to 6,900 feet (2,100 m), and total acreage is 450 acres (1.8 km2).[2] The trail is designated to be used for only non-motorized activities, including biking, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, and Nordic skiing. The trail is managed by the Mountain Trails Foundation.[3]

History[edit]

The Wanship stop

In 1871, demand for coal in the Salt Lake City area led to the organization of the Summit County Railroad Company, who built a five mile (8 km) narrow gauge railway to transport coal between mines in Coalville to the Union Pacific line in Echo. In 1880, the Utah Eastern Railroad built a narrow-gauge line between Coalville and Park City to transport coal to fuel the pumps that removed underground water from Park City’s silver mines. At the same time, the Union Pacific Railroad constructed the Echo-Park City Railway, a broad-gauge spur line, alongside it.

The narrow-gauge lines were eventually abandoned, and in 1989, Union Pacific abandoned their line. Union Pacific, along with the Division of Parks and Recreation, and A&K Railroad Materials, turned the property into the first non-motorized recreational trail in Utah. The state park opened to the public in 1992.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mountain Trails Foundation. "Mountain Trails Foundation". 
  2. ^ Utah.com. "Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park". Utah.com LC. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail". Utah State Parks. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 

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