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A hand-forged bolt on the dam.

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Most people traveling through northern Arizona are drawn to the beauty of the pine forests and the magnificent Grand Canyon. Many come to experience the history of Route 66 and the towns that have captured the nostalgia. But to those who dig deeper, they will find hidden among the sagebrush and pinyon pines remnants of a significant railroad operation that was a key to opening the door to the arid west over 100 years ago.

By Wendy Howell November 15, 2016