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Alta Scenic RY


1875. The railroad to Alta is completed. Mules pull the ore cars up; gravity takes them down the canyon, with a brave and strong breakman on board.

1917. The Little Cotton Transportation CO completes a narrow-gauge railroad to Alta, replacing the mule-drawn rail.

1920's. One of Alta's few remaining inhabitants, George Watson, appoints himself Mayor of Alta and runs the railway to and from Alta as a scenic attraction on a bus-like contraption called his "Jitney." With the depression, mining operations at Alta ceased, except for a few men, such as Watson, who continued to prospect on a limited basis.

1936. A road to Alta is completed following the same path used by the railroad tracks in prior years.

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