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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Cape Horn

  • Aired: 01/27/2003
  • 01:26
  • Rating: NR
To get the railroad line across Cape Horn -- 1,300 feet above the valley floor -- workers had build a ledge for the track to run. The dangerous work involved chiseling and carving away the cliff face by hand in a narrow space just wide enough for a worker to walk through.
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To get the railroad line across Cape Horn, workers had to carve hard rock by hand.
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