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Johnson's Canyon

Between Ash Fork and Williams, the Santa Fe traversed Johnson's Canyon on a 3% grade with the aide of a 328 foot-long tunnel and two bridges in order to accommodate a 2000-foot change in elevation.  Fred Harvey published numerous versions of a postcard featuring a Santa Fe train crossing a trestle with the engine about to enter the tunnel.  The trestle was replaced with fill many years ago, so the view on the right probably was created by drawing in the streamliner.

The railbed was abandoned in 1959 when a new line was built to the north, eliminating the steep grade.

For a topo map of the area, see