Sta 8489 + 50
D. C. C. & P. R. R.
May 4th, 1889
"Sta" stands for a station number assigned to this place. "D. C. C. & P. R. R." stands for Denver, Colorado Canyon and Pacific Railroad. This is one of the most historic inscriptions in all the southwest.
We enjoyed lunch on this bench of sandstone overlooking Surprise Valley. The entire block of light-colored rock outboard of the viewer has broken away from the cliff he is standing on and slid down into Cataract Canyon. You can see the back tilting on the top surface of the Cedar Mesa Sandstone. Slumps like these are common in Cataract Canyon and serve to form rapids on the river where the slides are pinching the river channel.
To be continued.....