Thornton Waite 176 pages softcover
The Teton Valley Branch of the Union Pacific, which ran 45.6 miles east
and south from Ashton to Victor in eastern Idaho, was completed in 1913.
In addition to once serving as a vital lifeline to communities in the
Teton Valley, the line served as a gateway to two noted tourist
destinations, the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Following
the dedication of the Grand Teton park in 1929, the UP ran passenger
trains to/from Victor in the summer months for tourists visiting the
parks. Although the line was completely abandoned by 1990, most of the
route still exists as a recreational trail. This book serves as a
tourist guide to the various locations along the current trail,
detailing how the railroad had served each community and what had
existed there in the way of rail facilities. It is also a general
history of this obscure but colorful railroad line. Included are full
details about tourist and ski trains to the area, rotary snow plow
trains that regularly battled huge snowfalls, and the railroad’s role in
one of the last Old West-style cattle drives to take place annually.
Details regarding three substantial bridges on the line, now part of the
recreational trail, are also included.