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The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. By the date of this photograph, August 1, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable in 1917. Forms were set up to pour concrete for locomotive service pits,...
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Denver & Rio Grande locomotive No. 83 was in use here as a switch engine, and was posed on the mainline, with the rebuilt machine shop behind. Notice the front and rear arc headlamps in use on this Baldwin engine, the last Class 56 narrow-gauge 2-8-0 to be built, having entered service in 1881. The engine’s pilot truck had been removed, which converted No. 83 into an 0-8-0. Alice Chinn Collection.
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Interview with Jane Ferraro, b. January 31, 1924. Jane reminisces about growing up in Salida, going to St. Joseph's Parochial School, and what she did for fun.
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The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad stone depot was built in 1880. Although preparations began a year earlier, the third rail was laid through Salida during 1890. Addition of the outside rail allowed standard gauge as well as narrow gauge trains to operate over the entire Rio Grande system. Switches, frogs and rerailers – especially in the crowded Salida yards – were an engineering marvel. As late as 1890, the tender of this switcher is fitted with...
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Denver & Rio Grande Engine No. 106 with crew in the Salida railyards. Bob Rush Collection.
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An unscheduled train stop with passengers dressed to the nines. Virgil Jackson Collection.
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Trees on Tenderfoot Mountain are alive and well when this photograph was taken March 20, 1895. They began dying shortly after the smelter opened – upwind – in 1902, and by 1917 there were almost none left. Two foot paths up the mountain were used by hundreds of visitors who wanted to get a view of the city while they waited to change trains. The mountain was a favorite picnic spot for locals as well. The Denver & Rio Grande Depot, F Street...
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Denver & Rio Grande Western Panoramic Special, ca. 1920. Leonard Perschbacher Collection.
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Interview with Joy Tuttle Humes, b. December 18, 1912. Joy discusses surviving the Great Depression and 'Shasta' the family car.
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Denver & Rio Grande locomotive #1063. Image taken by John Kratky. Josephine Soukup Collection.
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The depot and railyard, viewed from across the Arkansas River, near where Riverside Park is located today. Alice Chinn Collection.
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Rotary snowplow on Monarch Pass ca. 1907. John Ophus Collection.
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All 27 roundhouse tracks and nearly half of the Salida roundhouse itself, are visible in this photograph, taken sometime between 1890 and 1892. Nearly half of the stalls carry four rails to handle both gauges. The 62-foot turntable was used until 1909, when it was replaced with an 80-foot model. Moving counter-clockwise from the roundhouse lead nearest the photographer, the following locomotives are visible: • narrow-gauge Engine 62, a Baldwin...
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As many as 100 trains a day passed through Salida – and sometimes there were 15 or more passenger trains. That was apparently the case on this day in 1884. The coaches on the far track are awaiting wash jobs before returning to service. Tenderfoot Mountain is visible in the distance. Ernest Brownson Collection.
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Fire destroyed 17 locomotives in the roundhouse and shops December 11, 1892, including Nos. 404 and 285 which were in for major repairs and couldn’t be moved. The blaze gutted 14 of 17 roundhouse stalls before city and D&RG firemen and about 100 volunteers could bring it to a halt. Low water pressure, rotten hoses, and freezing weather made fire fighting a nightmare, but there were no major injuries. Volunteers managed to save 20 locomotives and...
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Foundations for the roundhouse, Salida, Colorado, dated August 1, 1923. The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. By the date of this photograph, August 1, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable...
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Photo of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Depot and the Monte Cristo Hotel, taken by John Kratky, who lived in Salida between 1912-1920. Josephine Soukup Collection.
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The Art Moderne Style D & RG Railroad Depot was built in the 1940s and torn down in 1985. Bob Rush Collection.
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The 20-stall standard-gauge roundhouse was constructed in 1900, east of the narrow-gauge roundhouse. By the date of this photograph, August 28, 1923, a new eight-stall roundhouse addition was being constructed as a separate building; however it shared the 100-foot turntable with the original standard-gauge roundhouse. The 100-foot turntable replaced the original 80-foot turntable in 1917. Forms were set up to pour concrete for locomotive service pits,...
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Denver & Rio Grande No. 168, photo taken between 1900 – 1902. Henry Harvard Haley is on the right. Haley-Bratton Collection.