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Date: 07/02/07 05:07
Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway
Author: flynn

On the web page, http://history.oldcolo.com/oldtown/maps/midlnd_map.html , there is a very nice large map of the Railway.

If you do a Keyword search for Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway on Wikipedia you get a nice map and a history of the railway.

Excerpts from Wikipedia:

“On April 13, 1897, Lucian D. Ross, Thomas Burk, James L. Lindsay, W.T. Doubt and Kurnel R. Babbitt organized the Cripple Creek District Railway Company to operate a 6.25 miles standard gauge electric line between Cripple Creek and Victor, Colorado. The name was changed to Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway on November 17, 1899. An extension to Colorado Springs opened in April 1901. The Colorado and Southern Railroad directed operations from 1904 to 1911.”

“Losing money due to competition from the Florence and Cripple Creek Railway and the Midland Terminal Railway, the Colorado and Southern Railroad leased the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway to the Florence and Cripple Creek in 1911. In 1915 this lease was transferred to the Cripple Creek Central Railway, which also controlled the Midland Terminal Railway.”

“By 1917 most rail traffic in the area was directed to the Midland Terminal Railway. The loss of the Bear Creek Bridge in May 1918 cut off all direct traffic from Colorado springs. Bankruptcy was declared in 1919, at which time it went into receivership. All operations ceased in 1920 and the line was sold for scrap.”

I tried to find a picture of the Bear Creek Bridge and I tried to find out what happened to the bridge but I could not.

On doing a Google search for the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway I found four interesting web sites. Three of the web sites are Trainorders articles by RebStout. RebStout’s articles have a number of nice pictures.

Cathedral Park Spires & Gold Camp Road by RebStout, August 4, 2005, http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?5,972593,972905#msg-972905

Cripple Creek and Anaconda, Colorado by RebStout, August 17, 2005, http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?5,979627

Colorado Goldfield by RebStout, September 20, 2005, http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?5,1002067,1002067#msg-1002067

The fourth was http://www.coloradocollege.edu/index.asp If you scroll down of the home page and click on Tutt Library in the column on the left, you will go to a new page [Library]. On this page click on Special Collections. On the new page scroll down and click on George H. Stone Collection of Colorado Views. On the new page slides 201-220 and 221-240 relate to the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway. There is a picture of the Bear Creek Canyon but not picture of the Bear Creek Bridge.

If on the Denver Public Library digital photo wed site, http://photoswest.org , you do a Keyword search for Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway you get 185 photos.

Picture 1, below is a composite of the following four DPL photos [left right left right] .

MCC-94 “Title: A coasting party on the Cripple Creek Short Line. Summary: Push car coasting party poses on the Cripple Creek Short Line Railroad near Summit, Colorado. The depot lunch room and Western Union telegraph station is on right; a log cabin is on left. The party goers wear late 19th century finery and hold cameras and seat cushions. The cart is about about to depart for its descending coast. Date: (between 1900 and 1920). Creator: Louis Charles McClure, 1867-1957.”

MCC-101A “Title: Coasting on the Cripple Creek Short Line. Summary: Men and women pose on a push car (hand car) in a rock tunnel on the Cripple Creek Short Line, Teller or El Paso County, Colorado. Date: (between 1900 and 1910). Creator: Louis Charles McClure, 1867-1957.”

MCC-104 “Title: Coasting Party on the Cripple Creek Short Line. Summary: Group of eight men and women dressed for to coast down Cripple Creek Short Line track on push car; Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway, Colorado. Date: (between 1900 and 1920). Creator: Louis Charles McClure, 1867-1957.”

MCC-105 “Title: Coasting party at Tunnel No. 8, Cripple Creek Short Line. Summary: Colorado coasting party of eight men and women on push car posed at Tunnel Number Eight on the Cripple Creek Short Line standard gauge track; Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway. Date: (between 1900 and 1920). Creator: Louis Charles McClure, 1867-1957.”

Picture 2 below, is DPL X-62478. “Title: R. R. war in front of Strong mine. Summary: View of the district yards for the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad in Victor (Teller County), Colorado. Shows rail cars toppled on the tracks probably during a price war between the F. & C. C. R. and the Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway. The rail yards are below the rich Strong mine. Date: (between 1900 and 1910).”

Picture 3 below, is DPL X-60270. “Title: Detail from Co. D. leaving Camp Libby for Independence. Summary: Uniformed militia Company D waits for Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Railway from Camp Libby to the Independence Mine camp, Cripple Creek, Teller County, Colorado during the Federation of Miners strike. The men carry rifles and bedrolls and stand in front of a storefront with a sign: ‘Depot and Waiting Room Electric Railway Cars.’ Date: 1903. Creator: Wisda.”








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