Ghost Town & Calico Railway SC 1953 by Knott’s Berry Farm

Ghost Town & Calico Railway SC 1953 by Knott’s Berry Farm

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Ghost Town & Calico Railway SC 1953 by Knott’s Berry Farm
 
Ghost Town & Calico Railway  by Knotts Berry Farm
Soft Cover  Spotting on the first page.
Copyright 1953
59 Pages
The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad was incorporated October 27, 1870, under the Railroad Laws of Colorado, to construct a railroad from Denver to El Paso, and then, if suitable concessions could be obtained from Mexico, on to the Mexican capital, a distance of about 1720 miles, of which 850 would have been in the United States.
General Palmer, the Denver and Rio Grande's presi, was well acquainted with the Rocky Mountain region, and with the proposed route and resources of the country through which it was to pass. After carefully weighing all the statistics and considering the interests and requirements of the territory through which the line would pass, he decided to adopt a three-foot gauge as the one best suited for the many diversified wants of Southern Colorado and New Mexico. Work was comearly in 1871, and the first spike on the narrow-gauge track was driven on Friday, July 28th. The first narrow-gauge train ran over the three miles of track completed, on August 16th, and the first division of 76 miles, from Denver to Colorado Springs, was opened for general traffic on October 27th, 1871.

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