Attached are a couple of history columns I’ve written recently about the Denver & Rio Grande Railway’s work in the 1880s to cross the Western Slope and eventually connect all the way to Salt Lake City.
This photo, from 1871, shows the Montezuma 1, believed to be the first locomotive in the D&RG’s narrow-gauge line.
The first column is about the work of the D&RG to push over Marshall Pass and through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The second column concerns the continuing work to reach Grand Junction and connect with the Denver & Rio Grande Western to make it to Salt Lake City.
I’ll present classes on fur trade history for New Dimensions in Grand Junction, Feb. 12, Feb. 19.
The first class will be more general, looking at the fur trade across the Continent over hundreds of years. It will use a great deal of information from my forthcoming book, The Cadottes: A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior.
The second class will look at one of the most important fur traders to operate in Colorado and Utah, Antoine Robidoux.
Both classes will be held in the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Grand Junction beginning at 10 a.m. and they will last approximately one hour.
More information about New Dimension classes, and registration information for theses and other classes is expected to be available early next week at http://www.newdimensionsgj.org.