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Adventures in the Rockies

Summer 2016 Trip to the Rockies - NRHS
Report & Photos by Robin Bowers

Chapter 1  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 1, 2016: California & Arizona Road Trip. Today is the start of our great Rockies Adventure. We would be traveling around Colorado, parts of Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota to see and ride as many tourist railroads and take pics of all... Read More>>

Chapter 2  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 2, 2016: The rest of the way to Canyon Diablo and the railroad bridge was to follow a wide cow path. Our route was a rough trail to the tracks in the distance. The slow and bumpy ride north to the tracks and then west to the bridge was successful... Read More>>

Chapter 3  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 3, 2016: Chasing the Durango & Silverton, Visit to Ridgway, Cimarron & Gunnison. Durango began as a railroad town with a mining and smelting center during the gold and silver booms. It is now a crossroads for... Read More>>

Chapter 4  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 4, 2016: Riding the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and a visit to the private Animas Valley Railroad. The Durango Depot is located at Mile Post 451.52 and Silverton Depot, near the end of the line, at MP 496.7. The number... Read More>>

Chapter 5  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 5, 2016: Chama to Cumbres Chase and then on to Antonito, Monte Vista, Del Norte and South Fork. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains on the border of New Mexico and Colorado is a precious historic artifact of... Read More>>

Chapter 6  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 6, 2016: Buena Vista, Breckenridge, Fairplay, Cripple Creek, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Canon City, Pueblo, Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor. It was a bright crisp summer morning when Chris G. and I left our motel in Salida to start our... Read More>>

Chapter 7  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 7, 2016: Forney Museum, North Platte Cody Park, Golden Spike Tower. The Museum is off I-70 exit 275B near the Denver Coliseum. The museum features more than 100 antique and classic cars, carriages, bicycles and other... Read More>>

Chapter 8  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 8, 2016: North Platte to Cheyenne & Laramie. Nebraska's Lincoln Highway History - The last stretch of Lincoln Highway in the United States to be paved was in North Platte, Neb, in 1935. Before that, the route across the state was anything from... Read More>>

Chapter 9  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 9, 2016: Greeley, Fort Collins Municipal Railway, Terry Bison Ranch. Greeley was founded by a group of visionaries who responded to New York publisher Horace Greeley's renowned exhortation, " Go West, young man!" Greeley's dream... Read More>>

Chapter 10  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 10, 2016: Strasburg, Limon, Kit Carson, Lamar, La Junta, Delhi and Pueblo. Near Strasburg on Aug 15, 1870, the Kansas Pacific Railroad completed laying tracks that formed part of a continuous chain of railways connecting the Atlantic and... Read More>>

Chapter 11  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 11, 2016: Tiny Town, Georgetown Loop, Central City, Blackhawk, Idaho Springs. We left Pueblo early morning with clear sky and drove north on I-25 to Rt 470 and then west to Rt 285. Five miles west of the 470/285 interchange is... Read More>>

Chapter 12  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 12, 2016: Denver airport, Cheyenne & Douglas, WY. Known as Tent Town at its founding in 1886, Douglas served as a supply post for cattlemen and a distribution point for railroad consignments. The town's history is typical of the... Read More>>

Chapter 13  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 13, 2016: Powder River and Devils Tower, WY. The Powder River Basin is a geologic structural basin in southeast Montana and northeast Wyoming, about 120 miles east to west and 200 miles north to south, known for... Read More>>

Chapter 14  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 14, 2016: Black Hills Central Railroad, Storybook Island, SD and Ponderosa Ranch, Crawford, NE. The109-mile-long George S. Mickelson Trail was originally the Burlington Northern line than took trains from Edgemont, SD to the... Read More>>

Chapter 15  Adventures in the Rockies Report & Photos by Robin Bowers. July 15, 2016: Crawford Hill tracks & Carhenge, NE. The Pine Ridge Area has often been referred to as the "last frontier", and for a good reason. It was a favorite Indian hunting and camping area for hundreds of years and the... Read More>>



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