Pine Bluffs 1868 - Wikipedia photo

Pine Bluffs 1868 - Wikipedia photo

IN 1868, PINE BLUFFS consisted of a tent, a shack, and a shed -- that's all. Soon, cattle were driven up the Texas Trail which ran through town, to be shipped to the Chicago slaughterhouses. Over time, Pine Bluffs became the largest cattle shipping point on the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, it's a modest border town (population 1100) and our last Wyoming stop before entering Nebraska. (And yes, there are pine trees on the neighboring bluffs.)

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Judging from the grain silos around town I could see that the cattle drives are gone, and replaced by the modern commodity of grain products that are stockpiled and shipped from here. Wow, are those trains long! I paused to watch a Union Pacific "grain train" pass by, and was surprised to count three deisel locomotives pulling a string of 101 freight cars! The slowly moving train actually stretched from horizon to horizon. I'd hate to encounter one of these at a grade crossing...

Mile long Grain Train

Mile long Grain Train

Week 17,  Miles 1245

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AuthorRich Monroe