billcoe Posted November 7, 2012 Share Posted November 7, 2012 As it's Beacon, and the off season, I realize it's going to be an argument soon enough:-), like to examine this idea. Pulled from the Beacon Trail Maintenance thread. Did I mention that I have a old oil painting from 1860 thereabouts of Beacon Rock, and it shows a giant pinnacle laying against Beacon Rock right beneath where the Arena of Terror is. My interpretation is that when the railroad was being put in they blasted the detached pinnacle for railroad fill, and then started on Beacon Rock by drilling the 3 tunnels in anticipation of blasting it for fill, but it was saved by being purchased by the climber/philanthropist Henry Biddle, who then built the trail. Who knows what incredible routes are now rubble, and how cool the Arena of Terror/Jensens Ridge area could have been. Steve, Ivan asked for a photo, can we get one? Also, do you know who did your painting, and is it for sale? Research indicates that James W. Alden did a painting in 1857 called either "Castle Rock or 'McLeod's Castle'. Don't know where that is or what it looks like. But early photos and cards don't show the pillar you mention. 1908 photo of the other side Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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