A Special Train
Last updated 9/8/2021 at 10:11am | View PDF
When I worked at the cog railway, every summer we had special groups. Sometimes they even filled a train. The parking lot was lined with tour buses for companies from somewhere in the east. Often there were as many as ten from the home towns. They were usually on some grand tour. I ran upon this grand trip of a group into our area in the mid-1890's.
An elegant train, consisting of four of Pullman's sleeping cars and a large library and observation car, pulled into the D&RG depot at Colorado Springs at 11 a.m. It was a special from Chicago, and contained a little more than one hundred representatives of the various stock yard associations. They had been in session in Denver, now were getting some mountain scenery and Colorado sunshine. They had already been on a quite a journey, assembling at Chicago on Friday, leaving there by special train over the Chicago and Northwestern, on the evening of that day. From Omaha they came through to Denver via the Union Pacific, and arrived in Denver Sunday. The group left Denver Thursday at 7 a.m. for their mountain trip to Pike's Peak. The short ride over on the street railway was followed by a grand trip up the peak. Some of the excursionists made a tour in Colorado Springs and strolled around the streets, evidently enjoying their brief stay, while some were in favor of making a day's stand here. Owing to the schedule which had been prepared, this was impossible, however, and at 5 p.m., the tourists were whisked off toward Glenwood Springs. A local agent supplied them with cards containing facts as to Cripple Creek's importance of a mineral producer. This being the regions latest attraction.
The group traveled over the Colorado Midland to Glenwood Springs, missing some spectacular views during the night. The excursionists made the return trip over the D&RG, in order to see the Colorado and Arkansas rivers and the Royal Gorge the next week end. The trip back to Chicago went unrecorded in local news!