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Wirth Watching: Lincoln Highway, a Hidden Treasure in Salt Lake County

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Treasures are hidden in the gully off of 2300 East in Salt Lake County.

A dog park sits where the old Lincoln Highway used to be. 100 years ago, it not only wound its way through the entrance to Parley’s Canyon, but all the way from New York to San Francisco.

Karyn and Dale Angell spend their time exploring hidden treasures like this old highway.  I first heard about them through their YouTube channel called “Toyman TV” exploring hidden treasures.

I had to meet them and find out about the Lincoln Highway, one of the treasures they talked about on their channel.

“I sure wish I had a time machine to go back to that moment because you would have had beautiful brass cars coming up through here,” Dale said.  “The brass era with the brass radiators and the steam locomotives just paralleling them on the grade over here.”

If you look down, you’ll see more than just the path of the old highway.  You can see old worn rail ties at a century old rail crossing and even some spikes! These are the remnants of Brigham Young’s oldest son’s railway, later the D&RG, which ran next to the highway. 

There are even remains of pylons that held up a bridge for the trains as they crossed Parley’s Creek.  Pretty much everything followed Parley’s Creek back then.

It was important, because there was a reservoir upstream in the area now known as Suicide Rock.

There is old concrete at the bottom of another bridge that was for the old Ford Model A’s to drive over Parley’s. It is a beautiful respite, and all hidden in the gully before Parley’s Canyon.

Another treasure to be found in the gully is the old aqueduct that brought water into Salt Lake City.

Many people don’t know these treasures are here.  “I’ll bet 95 percent of the people in Salt Lake don’t know this place is here even though they drive by it just a few hundred feet behind us every day,” Dale said.

Just 50 feet away is a cave under an old foundation of a long-gone building called Dudlers Inn, a large building that was a landmark on the old Lincoln Highway.

This hidden world is all just past 2300 East.  If you take a short trail from Tanner Park to the dog park, you can start your walk past these great artifacts.

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