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A Photograph: Rail Meets Trail

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 09, 2010

Probably most of us are familiar with the story of how the railroad resurveyed its line to avoid obliterating the grave of Rebecca Winters, a Mormon pioneer who died on the plains of Nebraska. This photo, snapped by missionary Orvin E. Wilde in 1933, captures the drama of the train hurtling past the lonely grave.



  1. Whoah!

    Comment by David Y. — November 9, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

  2. This is a pretty remarkable picture, given that in 1933 any camera that a missionary would have likely had no adjustable shutter speed or other sophisticated controls to capture this image. The exposure would have to have been perfectly timed, as much luck (or Providence) as skill involved here. Nice find. I can see better from this picture than the picture last December why Rebecca Winter’s grave had to be moved for safety reasons.

    Comment by kevinf — November 9, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

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