Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Aerial View of Tram Summit

Salt Tram history is rapidly disappearing, and we are striving to rediscover the efforts of our forefathers in order to give proper recognition to their hopes, dreams and abundant sweat from an era that is rapidly fading from our memories. We are actively seeking out information about the mining of Salt in Saline Valley between 1903 and the 1940's, including: documents, photos, articles, stories, artifacts, etc. If you can help us out, please email us at the address above - Thank-you! --Tim and Brian Waag, the Waag brothers (aka E. Clampus Waagus).
Caution (PLEASE READ): Climbing around on the tramway is dangerous because its really old and defnitely unsafe, so don't even think about it. Shoot, just getting to it requires some perilous hiking, and if you don't believe me, just take a look at the Zig Zag Access Trail (or what's left of it). Plus, climbing on it weakens it and endangers your life. Also, the Saline Valley Salt Tram is on the National Register of Historic Places and should be treated with the respect that it deserves. What little remains is of great historic value, and should not be disturbed in any way. Heck, its probably against the law to move parts of the tram around, and certainly a crime to take home some of the few bits of it that remain (though you'd have to ask your friendly local BLM agent for details). So please treat it with the respect it deserves, so that future generations can enjoy whats left, without you messing it up. Really. Please. You can see its listing on the National Register of Historic Places at these web links:
National Register of Historic Places 1          National Register of Historic Places 2

QUESTION 1: See if we can get a higher resolution version of this photo, and perhaps other photos taken by Cdr. Anderson. 

QUESTION 2: Acquire aerial photos of as much of the Salt Tram as possible.

We stopped by the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest in March, 2010, to inquire about any possible Salt Tram research material they might posess. In the process of making contact with museum staff and supporters, we came upon a delightful reward: an amazingly clear photo of the Salt Tram Summit Cabin and Station. This photo of the Salt Tram comes from Cdr. Ian Anderson, who is related to an associate of the Maturango Museum. The photo was released by the China Lake Public Affairs folks, so the Maturango Museum believes that we  can use it freely if we credit it as "U.S. Navy photo by Cdr. Ian Anderson". And so we shall (click photo to enlarge):

They believe that a higher resolution version of this photo may also be available, and we are pursuing that as well.

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