American Experience

Cape Horn

Clip: Season 15 | 1m 26s

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.

Aired: 01/27/03

Rating: NR

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