Colorado Rails and Cocktails -
An Evening of Colorado History
We are offering this new series of adult lectures that will take you back to the time when railroads shaped the American West. So come relax, enjoy a beverage, and learn more about Colorado Railroad’s and the affect they have had on our history.
Ghost Towns of the Rockies, June 7
Stone and Steel at the top of the World, August 16
Hiram Wheeler, October 18
The American Hobo, December 6
Tickets include two beverages of your choice: beer, wine or soda. Doors open at 6:00pm for early enjoyment of attractions.
Admission for events: $10 for teachers, $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Advanced Tickets Required, 21 and older only.
Please call 303-279-4591 or visit our Online Depot General Store to order tickets.
June 7, 2013, Friday – Ghost Towns of the Rockies
Preethi Burkholder, the author of “Ghost Towns of the Rockies”, takes audiences on a journey through the West’s eerie and fascinating ghost towns. Hear captivating stories, such as the ghost of Annabelle Stark, who is believed to haunt the town of St. Elmo, Colorado, and learn the saga of Horace Tabor of Leadville, CO, who was the fifth richest man in the country in the 1890′s but died a pauper, shoveling dirt for 65 cents a day.
August 16, Friday, 6:30 – 8:00PM – Stone and Steel at the Top of the World
Photo courtesy of the Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Join us as Professors Pete Seel and Jason LaBelle screen their documentary highlighting the human story of Rollins Pass, located high on the Continental Divide in north-central Colorado. The Pass has been used for thousands of years, first by Native American hunters stalking big game along the alpine divide. Euro-American settlement followed and eventually led to the construction of the famous Moffat railroad across the summit in the early 20th century. This engineering marvel took passengers to the Top of the World in sometimes brutal weather conditions. Today, the Moffat Tunnel safely guides rail traffic under the Continental Divide so Rollins Pass is now a much quieter place for reflection and recreation. Following the film, Seel and LaBelle will discuss the making of the documentary film and the scientific and historic research that is currently being undertaken by CSU researchers on the Pass.
October 18, Friday, 6:30 – 8:00PM – Railroad Stories: Hiram Wheeler
Storyteller and retired school teacher, Steve Lee brings history to life with his fascinating presentation of Hiram Wheeler, a fictitious 19th century boomer. Hear “Jack, the Rail Dog”, the true story of a dog that won the hearts of a dusty town in Arizona and “The Opening of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad between Ridgway and Rico”, a true railroad story with a twist. Entertaining and captivating, Hiram’s often humorous stories will paint a picture of the early days of Colorado railroading.
December 6, 2013 Friday, 6:30 – 8:00PM – The American Hobo
Hobos are often thought to be a product of 1930s America, but in fact the hobo experience spans over 140 years of railroad history. Between 1870 and today, a cornucopia of different people rode the rails for free, including immigrants searching for a better life, American socialists agitating labor movements, displaced war veterans searching for a little peace, adventure-seekers chasing the thrill, and even out-of-work railroadmen looking for the next job. Join us at the Colorado Railroad Museum as Museum Curator Lauren Giebler explores the rich history of the American hobo and discusses what exactly it is that keeps people ridin’ the rails.