For over 60 years the Rio Grande Western traveled through the impressive Provo Canyon as it hauled freight and passengers between Heber and Provo. The trains snaked their way through the canyon along the banks of the Provo River at a whopping 20 miles per hour. During the 1920’s and ’30’s the railroads most common passenger/commodity being hauled to market was sheep. Manifests show that during that time more sheep passed through the Heber depot than any where else in the country.
Fast forward 50 years and a lot has changed. What was originally a three day wagon trip on a toll road through the canyon transformed to an hour and a half train ride, and today has become a short 45 minute drive on the highway. The railroad has since been isolated from Provo...Read More