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Fire in the Yards


Last updated 2/12/2020 at 12:47pm

Fire in the Yards

A hundred years ago the area from 26th to 21st along what is now US 24 was the Colorado Midland railroad yards. Occasionally there were accidents and fires in the area. The Midland had their own fire fighters. I ran across a fire in 1895 that was kind of interesting.

A car load of oil was sitting on a track waiting to be taken west. Inthose days there were very few "tank cars" and oil traveled in box cars which had big tubs or even barrels. This was a box car with two big metal tubs. At 9pm a worker in the yard noticed a glow coming from the car. The cause of the fire was...

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