Colorado: June 2003

We took a 1,500 mile tour of the State of Colorado over a 12-day period. During the trip we met up with the Bill & Barbara B. (friends from Rohm & Haas, now living in Kansas) for a couple of days travel together in the Denver area.

Later, we visited Carol's relatives in Breckenridge. We also did lots of sightseeing, visited numerous museums and took two train trips.

For our 37th wedding anniversary, we dined at the Penrose Room on the top floor of the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. With five servers - every one of whom addressed us by name and were properly obsequious.

After cocktails, we had Chateaubriand accompanied by a bottle of Robert Strong Merlot. (We could have had Chateau Latour from 1945, but $5,000 for a bottle of Bordeaux seemed a little excessive.)

The carver was an intense, angry-faced, tuxedoed, older man with a bowl haircut - the spitting image of Moe from the Three Stooges. We kept waiting for him to slap the other waiters around - but Moe stuck to his carving and then disappeared into the kitchen never to be seen again.

We were serenaded by a jazz band (The Ken Miller Trio) with blonde female vocalist, Lila Mori - they had a very good sound. We had great views of the city and the Cheyenne mountains and watched the sun go down as we enjoyed the food and ambiance.

We then headed to southern Colorado for more sightseeing and a couple of train rides.

Some photo highlights of our trip:

Denver's Union Station was originally opened in 1881 and served the Union Pacific, the Denver & Rio Grande Western, the Denver, South Park & Pacific, and the Colorado Central railroads. The portion shown here replaced the original central station which was destroyed by fire in 1894. It was designed by Denver architects Gove & Walsh, was built in the Beaux-Arts style and opened in 1914. It served several railroads: the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe, the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy, the Chicago, Rock Island, & Pacific, the Colorado & Southern, the Union Pacific and the Denver & Rio Grande Western.
Posing in front of the historic Molly Brown House in Denver - the restored Victorian home is on Pennsylvania Street.
This 1915 Sphinx Motor Car light delivery pie wagon was made in York. PA. It originally sold for $695. This example is on display at the Forney Transportation Museum in Denver.
The largest item on display at the Forney Transportation Museum is the Union Pacific Big Boy locomotive #4005. It is one of the largest steam locos ever constructed: 25 were built between 1941 and 1944 by Alco. All were coal burning, with large grates to burn low-quality Wyoming coal from mines owned by the railroad. It is difficult to photograph this monster when displayed indoors at the Forney; a better photo, taken outdoors at Steamtown USA, can be seen on this page.
Bill, Barbara, Joe and Carol with an old car at the Forney. The museum maintains a collection of approximately 500 exhibits. Its early years were focused on antique automobiles but the focus soon expanded to other modes of transport.
Mr. & Mrs. B with Electromotive F-9 diesel locomotive painted in Denver-Rio Grande livery at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado which had numerous railroad-related displays.
Standing on the rear platform of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy RR observation car at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Carol at Red Rocks Park, near Golden, CO. Its 640 acres contain a remarkable landscape of red sandstone monoliths.
Carol's cousin, Carol, Joe and Carol's aunt on the deck of her home in Breckenridge, CO - elevation 9,600 feet.
Carol at the Broadmoor Hotel, located in southwestern Colorado Springs, Colorado. Built in the early 20th century as the 'Grand Dame of the Rockies', it was one of the finest resort destinations along the Rocky Mountains during the age of railroads.
Carol at the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs
Seven Falls is a series of seven cascading waterfalls in Colorado Springs, CO. The sum of the height of the seven falls is 181 feet and there are a total of 224 steps on the staircase from the base of the falls to the peak.
Joe with sign outside the entrance to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy in Colorado Springs
Carol and friend at the Museum of the American Cowboy
The Royal Gorge Route RR transits the Royal Gorge on a 2-hour scenic and historic train ride along what is considered to be the most famous portion of the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. The 1950s-era train departs the Santa Fe depot in Cañon City.
A pair of restored Electromotive F-7s pull a consist of 10 modern passenger cars on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad in Cañon City. This two-hour trip was along the Arkansas River and featured awesome scenery.
View of the Royal Gorge Bridge photographed from the train at the base of the gorge
Carol and a Durango & Silverton narrow gauge steam locomotive at the Durango Depot.
Joe & Carol pose on the rear platform of the maroon Parlor Car of the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
And away we go! The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a narrow gauge heritage railroad that operates 45 miles of 3-foot track between Durango and the old mining town of Silverton
The little D&S locomotive works its way up and around a tight curve - photographed from the observation platform on the last car.

The Durango & Silverton steam locomotive which pulled our train was a coal-fired, 2-8-2 Mikado narrow-gauge engine made in 1925 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, Pennsylvania.

Joe relaxes in the Parlor Car.
Silverton, Colorado
Carol stands beside a late-1930s Packard, one of the few impressive cars on display at the Grand Motorcar Collection in Durango. Maybe it should be renamed Not-So-Grand.
Joe and Carol at Four Corners - where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet.

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