Keep the Show on the Road! Posted December 3, 2007 Report Share Posted December 3, 2007 Talk about your old road serendipity! This post is a follow on to the post under General Discussion titled “A Wish for You from Northern Nevada” To briefly recap that dialog, I recognized an old alignment east of Winnemucca, Nevada, over the Golconda Summit, and photographed it last Wednesday on a little road trip. I even buried half a dollar bill under a fallen road post and offered a $20 reward to the first to find it. I was traveling without the benefit of my maps and guides, so when I got home I needed to do a little research. I opened George R. Stewart’s US 40 book, and to my amazement, there was the old alignment, when it was the main road. Obviously it isn’t exactly an undiscovered section of old US 40, but the surprise of finding it in so notable a book, was quite a delight. And to add to the pleasure, I had also identified an even older alignment in the process. The image below is from Stewart’s landmark book and looks toward the west, with the village of Golconda, Nevada in the distance. You can see this road section by locating coordinates 40.93092, -117.41182 on Google Earth or looking at the next photo. Stewart must be standing on the top of the cut (Point A) that is visible in my photo below grabbed from my video. He is looking toward where I am standing (Point B ), which is about midway between the first and second trailers in the Stewart photo. My second photo grab from the video looks the direction he is looking (west...opposite the direction of my first photo), with the cut (Point D) in his photo and mine clearly visible on the right. Play the 51 second movie and see the whole scene. (The narration was live on site. Ignore the reference to the Lincoln...I was suffering road fever.) Now to add a little extra. Look carefully at the right edge of Stewart’s photo (at tip of arrow). You see the culvert or bridge in my movie that is on the old road (which here intersects and is buried under the old US40)! Now a big hint for treasure hunters. Elsewhere on this forum I said “There is one half a dollar bill hidden at coordinates 40.93092, -117.41182 under a fallen road post on the old alignment of the road over Golconda Summit. You do not need a shovel or anything more than the ability to turn over a partially rotted old road post, lying all by itself in clear view” Hint: Look on top of the culvert shown in George Stewart’s photo. Note, Roadhound, you can have a few gallons of gas on me if you do return to the site before anyone else! While it is not in Stewart's photo, you may also want to compare the three alignments in a video as seen from Point C looking to the left (west). Point E is the huge modern road cut. Finally, here is a video look at the cut seen in Stewart's photo as I first approached it from the opposite direction, and I start to note the older alignment to the south west (left side of Stewart's photo. Keep the Show on the Road! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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