Friday, 06 February 2004
Pix Of The Day: Stagecoaches, Cog Rail & Donkeys
CREDIT: © Old Colorado City Historical Society/History.OldColo.com
WHERE: Colorado Springs, USA. WHAT: stagecoaches, cog railway & mules.
MAP: Colorado Springs. Thumbnail clicks pop-up larger images on source pages.
The OCCHS (Old Colorado City Historical Society) has an archive of vintage local photographs under the title Photograph File. We chose the two images on the left of the thumbnail strip from the Stage Coaches section, and the two on the right from the M&PPCR (Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway) section.
The pictures [from L to R] show:  Stage Line up North Cheyenne Canyon [courtesy Pikes Peak Library];  Colorado City, 27 June 1936, Old Fort and Stockade Dedication;  14 October 1891, famous Hook photograph of a burro named 'Marshall von Blucher' [courtesy Jim Bates collection]; and  1891 Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway, an engine built in 1890 [courtesy Jim Bates collection].
The modern M&PPCR web site claims the track to be highest cog railway in the world, and the highest outright in North America. The outright highest railway in the world contenders are in Peru, and Tibet, subject as usual to some qualifications. Local resident Michael Coletta has pictures from a visit to Pikes Peak by the vehicle trail, and another for some mining industry survivors, the feral donkeys of Cripple Creek.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)