1 Walking downhill from the Keddie RR Station, looking to your right (NE), this is the entry to the Playhouse Loop Road. The dirt entrance and scarring from vehicles and water run-off immediately beyond are clearly seen in current satellite photos. Note the numerous power / telephone poles and wires, and the gas access poles in the ground. These were docking points for the numerous trailers lining the road. What once had been an access road to build the railroad itself nearly 100 years prior was, by the 1980s, reduced to cheap trailers housing for workers, living in cheap trailers hooked up to installation points for electricty and propane.
The rest of these photos follow my path, down the road and taking photos. I reach the bend within a couple hundred feet, taking photos of the road and things uphill, downhill, and beyond.
Certain unnamed people were telling me to hurry up and leave. Unfortunately, they were on my team. Nobody from Keddie or elsewhere ever approached us or asked us to leave. Oh, wait, I forgot about the encounter at the wye, the spookiest of all time. Nothing to do with Keddie, but, damn! it scared the crap out of me.
2 These photos represent a walk to the northern point of the loop, and back southwest to the origin of the loop: it is the road in front of cabin 26. The road dates to the late 1800s or early 1900s- it was built to haul equipment and supplies used to build the railway, finished in 1906. Work on the first railway bridge over Spanish Creek began in 1909; the Wye was built later.
This white shack and striped trailer to the right were there in 81, along with so many trailers and structures that, if seen from this vantage point in 81, would be unrecognizable. It was still a hopping rail station back then, even if guest traffic no longer came to Keddie.
It's alledged the railway provided illegal income via Keddie and the Wye.
3 This trailer, and the shed seen in the last image, are the only remaining structures which lined the road back when the murders occured in 1981. The trailers were used as offices and as lodging for workers. They were far beyond semi-permanent: note the clear shot of the pole and adjoined pipe which supplied propane. The only thing temporary was the railway's use for Keddie.
4 Just beyond the orange-striped trailer, this is looking down the grade to the wide clearing beyond, where the loop turns back on itself.The general bearing is the same as at the beginning of the loop road: NE
5 Looking up from the loop road, the trailer and equipment seen above are on the same surface level as the railroad tracks and station house. Above and to the left continues the rr to the tunnel and then the wye.I'm no huge railway fan, but the Keddie Wye is spectacular in conception, design, and all that stuff.
At this level, the camera is perhaps 1/2 down in vertical incline from the beginning point of the Playhouse Loop Road to where it meets the northernmost end of Keddie Resort Road.
6 Looking downhill again to where the road begins to expand and bend back towards Cabin 26 and the top of Keddie Resort Road, which it meets..The fir tree beyond is actually a continuation of the road, where it continued to supply workers building the Keddie Wye back in the early 1900s..
7 In the distance is the old, overgrown road originally used to access where the Wye trestles were built. Power poles line the trail, indicating it was once far more than a derelect hobo trail, as many Keddie Theorists suppose. Note the wooden wire spool just below the pole.
This is the north end of the loop road; where it turns about 160 degrees to the left, leading back to cabin 26 and KRR.
8 Peeking through the trees down the old road/trail.
9 Walking back towards 26, if you look to your right down onto Keddie Flats, you can see the river and, at the right places, the back foot bridge.
10 Looking southwest towards 26 (behind trees on the right) and the mouth of the loop, which is really a dirt continuation of Keddie Resort Rd.
Everything was visible to me before I took this shot- the playhouse, uphill on the left, the northern end of Keddie Resort Road, the detritis outside of cabin 26. None of it shows up in this photo, but it's all there.