It’s #TBT and for Throwback Thursday this week we are excited to share images from the brand new Museum publication, Colorado Rail Annual No. 34: Take The Pike’s Peak Route by Adrian and Art Hundhausen!

The road’s history from 1887 to 1900 is detailed, along with the human side of the Midland narrative. Colorful stories found in this new volume include the trials and tribulations of Midland employees, drunken Swedish miners who fell off the train, and a father chasing his runaway daughter to Leadville serve as fascinating examples.

Interesting chapters such as “Spooky Victorian Railroad Stations and Hotels,” “Ride With a Mormon to Old Mexico,” and “Trip With a Kodak over Hagerman Pass” compel further reading. Salient topics – such as the 1894 Cripple Creek Strike and the Pullman boycott in Colorado – are covered in much greater detail than in previous books. A selection of timetables and advertising brochures is faithfully reproduced, showcasing the vivid color and imaginative illustrations used by Colorado Midland in the 19th century.

Plentiful diagrams of Pullman cars, maps of Midland trackage, and schematics of depots are included. This carefully researched and artistically written work features 368 pages filled with 461 illustrations, including 86 in full color; 27 maps; 35 plans and equipment drawings; extensive endnotes; and an index. Casebound and smythe-sewn, with a handsome full-color dustjacket, oblong 11”x8-1/2”.

Click here to pre-order your copy of this brand new publication at!


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