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Foothill Rails--Misc.--Bagby,CA

Aerails, Maps, And General Images
(note: dates are various and undetermined)
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1. Historic aerial image of Bagby before the town was torn down. Bagby was a station stop on the Yosemite Valley Railroad.
In addition to the large station, Bagby also had a turntable and twin water towers. The rails were pulled after service ended in 1945.
The town was razed in the 1960s to make way for the waters of Lake McClure when the New Exchequer Dam was built.
2. Google satellite view during low water. This image is marked to indicate approximately where each main building stood.
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3. Excerpt from 1947 Coulterville 1:62500 scale topo map. Dashed line through town indicates the railroad grade.
Bench Mark 794 also marks the Bagby railroad bridge over the Merced River. See image 27 below.
4.-6. Various views of town from the south side of the river.
7. 2007 Google street view approximating the same view in image 6.

The Main Structures
(note: dates various and undetermined)
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8.-16. Various views of the post office and station.
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17.-20. Originally built as a garage, this building later became the Bagby store.
21.-23. Various views of the hotel.

Additional Photos of Bagby
(note: dates various and undetermined)
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24. 2022 Google street view from the new Hwy 49 bridge looking east into town. The old Hwy 49 and railroad abutments can be seen for Flyaway Gulch.
25.-26. Misc photos of the old Hwy 49 bridge.
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27. Google satellite view of approximate location of the Bagby railroad bridge over the Merced River, now Lake McClure.
28. The twin water tanks of the Yosemite Valley RR at Bagby were moved to the EPTM, El Portal, CA. (John Barnhill image)
29. Along with the water tanks, the Bagby station and turntable were also moved to El Portal. (John Barnhill image)

Newspaper Clippings

Store Burns Clipping(date & paper unknown)
Califonia Sketches Sacramento Bee, Sat. July 7, 1956
Bridge Article pt1 Mariposa Gazette, Thurs. Aug. 4, 1966
Bridge Article pt2 Mariposa Gazette, Thurs. Aug. 4, 1966
Bridge Article additional photos Mariposa Gazette, Thurs. Aug. 4, 1966

See also "Y" Roster Page for Yosemite Valley RR roster.

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