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Short Line to Cripple Creek The Story of Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Railway

Wilkins, Tivis E.

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ISBN 10: 0918654165 / ISBN 13: 9780918654168
Published by The Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado, 1983
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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Quarto. 180pp. Illustrated. Blue cloth hardcover with gilt stamped title and company seal on front cover and gilt title on spine. Color illustrated dust jacket. Blue tinted photograph end sheets. Includes white folder with map and facsimile tour brochure. Bookseller Inventory # 5337

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Title: Short Line to Cripple Creek The Story of ...

Publisher: The Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: very good

Edition: First Edition.

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Fascinating and detailed history Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Railway, familiarly known as the Short Line. The Cripple Creek gold rush of 1891 created a need for railroads to serve this boom town which swelled to 50,000 souls nearly overnight and competed with Denver for the state capital. Here is the story of the standard-gauge railroad that made its way into the near-exclusive narrow-gauge domain of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The Short Line utilized proven engineering methods to cut an impressive route to Cripple Creek. So impressive in fact that, when then Vice-president Theodore Roosevelt traversed the route in 1901, he is crediting with saying that it was a "trip that bankrupts the English language." When abandoned in the 1920s, the track was removed and the route was converted to the Corley Mountain Highway, an early tourism endeavor that survives today as the famous Gold Camp Road. With vintage ephemera. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos and fifteen color postcards. With detailed rosters of interurban electric cars and bibliography. Includes a laid-in packet of specially drawn maps that includes: Colorado Springs Station grounds; Clyde and vicinity; St. Peters and Duffields; and a CS&CCD Travel folder reproduction. 180 pages with index.

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