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. We also offer a 20% discount on in-store purchases made during each event.
Hiram Wheeler, November 22
The American Hobo, December 13
Historic Castles of Colorado, February 21
The Lonely Pyramid Hill on Sherman Hill, April 11
Railroad Stories: Kate Shelley, June 20
Denver’s Street Car Suburbs, August 29
Firing on the Grande, October 10
The American Hobo, December 12
Tickets include a beverage of your choice: beer, wine or soda and snacks. Doors open at 6:00pm for early enjoyment of attractions.
Admission for events: $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Advanced Tickets Required, 21 and older only.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Please call 303-279-4591 or visit our Online Depot General Store to order tickets.
Friday November 22, 2013 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.
Friday December 13, 2013 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.
Friday February 21, 2014 6:30 – 8:00PM – Historic Castles of Colorado
Colorado’s castles and their stories captivate tourists from all over. Learn about Glen Eyrie in the Garden of the Gods, or Redstone Castle, built in 1902 by John Cleveland Osgood, who’s ghost is said to haunt the mansion. Explore these places and more with this fascinating photographic and storytelling presentation by author Preethi Burkholder.
Friday April 11, 2014 6:30 – 8:00PM – The Lonely Pyramid on Sherman Hill
Anna Lee Frohlich will tell the story of a 60 foot high monument dedicated to two of the Union Pacific’s greatest champions. It sits atop a hill in Wyoming and honors Oliver Ames and Oakes Ames, Anna Lee’s three-times great-grandfather. This story culminates with the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit in 1869 and beyond.
Friday June 20, 2014 6:30 – 8:00PM – Railroad Stories: Kate Shelley
Storyteller and retired teacher, Steve Lee, will present the story of Kate Shelley. Kate was only fifteen years old on the night of July 6, 1881, when a train wreck would test her remarkable bravery and put her down in the history books as railroading’s most celebrated heroine.
Friday August 29, 2014 6:30 – 8:00PM – Denver’s Street Car Suburbs
Author, historian and columnist Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel takes you on a slide tour of the streetcars that shaped Denver’s growth from a mining camp to a metropolis of 2.6 million. All aboard on a journey from the horse drawn streetcars of the 1870s to RTD’s reincarnated 21st century rail lines.
Friday October 10, 2014 6:30 – 8:00PM – Firing on the Grande
In 1978 Diane Rabson was the first woman in Pueblo, Colorado to operate locomotives for the D&RGW railroad. In this presentation she will describe the little-known world of railroaders, the joys and difficulties of being a pioneer and relate engaging stories of the “old heads” during the Rio Grande’s last years as a small railroad wedged between giants.
Friday December 12, 2014 6:30 – 8:00PM – The American Hobo
If you missed this fascinating lecture in 2013, don’t miss it again! Colorado Railroad Museum Curator, Lauren Giebler presents the rich and fascinating history of the American hobo and discusses what it is that keeps people ridin’ the rails.