Ridge Route – Swede’s Cut

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Ridge Route – Swede’s Cut and Serpentine Drive

rrt_swede_cutSwede’s Cut is the largest cut on the entire Ridge Route and was completed in mid-1915. It is 110 feet deep and very narrow. This was done to save money but turned out to be a big problem as the rock here does not hold up. The cut was dug using a steam shovels and horse-drawn scrapers.

August 1915 view of Swede's Cut.
August 1915 view of Swede’s Cut.
Swede's Cut being dug out in 1915.
Swede’s Cut being dug out in 1915.
View of "Serpentine Drive" from Swede's Cut. Named for its twists and curves.
View of “Serpentine Drive” from Swede’s Cut. Named for its twists and curves.
Approaching Swede’s Cut from the south.
Original curbing still intact south of Swedes Cut
Original curbing still intact south of Swedes Cut
Map of Swede's Cut and Vicinity. The cut itself is just south of "Ridge".
Map of Swede’s Cut and Vicinity. The cut itself is just south of “Ridge”.

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