Thursday, May 12, 2005
GUADALUPE CANYON--If you have never been to the tunnels, let me give you a little background. During the depression loggers built a railroad into the Jemez Mtns. to bring out the logs. The tunnels were originally built for that railroad. About 8 miles up the canyon from the tunnels a gathering place for stacking logs and loading them on railcars was established where 2 streams and 2 rail lines came together. This was Porter Landing. It had about 300 residents. Most of the tracks were torn up in 1938 and a fire destroyed most of the town in 1941. It was never rebuilt. A forest road leads north from the landing and about 12 miles later runs into the Fenton Lake Rd. at the San Antonio Springs crossroads.