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Memories of days gone by

Posted: Thursday, Feb 21st, 2013

(Photo by Rick Beasley)

Abandoned in 1937, ghostly trestles are all that remain of an eight-mile-long branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad that linked Toledo and Yaquina, a once-thriving port city of 2,000 souls about three miles upriver from Newport that burned to the ground in 1901. Plans to make Yaquina the shipping capitol of Oregon ran aground on the dangerous and shallow jetty of the Yaquina River bar, but remnants of the old railroad are still visible today from Cragie Point, which offers the view above.

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