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Railroads

Industrial Designer's Connection to our DPL Collection

Raymond Loewy
Company logos designed by Loewy and his design team
Image of the shroud design to be retrofitted to the 3768

I had this tribute in mind for today, but leave it to Google to beat me to the punch-

 

The Orphans Come Home

Z-7171
Z-14187
Z-14188
Z-9931
Z-11607
Rh-2221
Rh-655
Z-11625
Z-8839
X-14505
Z-4

A Treasure Trove of Long Lost Images

Anyone who has spent time with computers knows that occasionally, things don't work out exactly as one might have intended.

Terrifying Heights and Hair Raising Passages

CHS-J676
CHS.J2458
CHS-B228
CHS.J1406
X-60199
X-60201
X-22243
MCC-3212

Conquering Rugged Terrain with Feats of Engineering

A big part of settling the West was road building.

New Castle, Colorado: A Coal Town That Survives Despite Disaster

Main Street in New Castle, Colorado. Circa 1890-1900.
New Castle, Colorado on the Fourth of July, 1891.
Shrull, Dale. The Legend of Burning Mountain: An Early History of New Castle. Glenwood Springs: Stoney Mountain Publishing, 2000
Shrull, Dale. The Legend of Burning Mountain: An Early History of New Castle. Glenwood Springs: Stoney Mountain Publishing, 2000

The town of New Castle was one of many Western Slope towns incorporated during the coal boom of the 1880’s, but is one of few coal towns from that era to have survived.

Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores

Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores
Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores
Manuscript Monday: Cyrus "Doc" Shores

Salutations!  This week’s Manuscript Monday highlights the collection of a western lawman: Cyrus “Doc” Shores (WH 344).

 

Cyrus “Doc” Wells Shores was named after the doctor who delivered him in 1844 in Hickville, Michigan.

Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes

Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes
Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes
Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes
Manuscript Monday: Railway Passes

In a world where airline and train tickets are issued on the internet, the Railroad Pass Collection in the Western History and Genealogy Department is a special treat.  Read more in this week’s Manuscript Monday.

 

 Did you know that railroad passes used to sometimes be made from silver, gold, and even buckskin?

Driven From Sea to Sea ~ Book Review

The cover of "Driven from Sea to Sea"
Corporate Rapacity? Political Corruption? Is it 2011 or 1883?

In my continuing maintenance of the Western History Collection, I find some amazing items that seem to transcend time...

Railroads galore!

Railroads galore!

In their early years, railroads did much more than carry passengers across the country. The Iron Horse helped settle the West by building rail branches to uncharted areas. 

The Western History/Genealogy Department is a treasure trove of railroad resources and collections.

Best of the Box: Theodora Mussey Scrapbook

Theodora Mussey scrapbook cover
Pike's Peak cog wheel route flier
Santa Fe Route flier
Garden of the Gods postcard
"Let us begin at the top of the page" illustration
New Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs poster
First Baptist Church program

For this week's long overdue Best of the Box, I discovered a lovely scrapbook by Theodora Mussey, a piano teacher at the University of Denver. Compiled between 1900 and 1902, the Mussey scrapbook contains a number of clippings including programs from Denver music recitals and concerts, church bulletins, invitations and travel memorabilia.

You can check have a look at the Denver Public Library's catalog record for this item here

Colorado Narrow-Gauge Railroads

WH32 Bowman-White Papers
WH32 Bowman-White Papers
WH32 Bowman-White Papers
WH32 Bowman-White Papers
WH32 Bowman-White Papers

Rare Railroad Find