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I lived in the era of the steam engines on the Rio Grande Southern Route. Our home was the depot.

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My childhood was spent in the Rico Depot, Rico, Colorado.  The steam engines of The Rio Grande Southern served this rural mining community.

I lived to see the ending of an era as the train was removed and trucks became the transportation of the mined ore.

Unique to this railroad section was the Galloping Goose.  Machinists created this train that was powered by a gas Pierce Arrow engine.  The Goose carried light freight plus passingers.  It was created for economics as one man could drive a Goose.  Trains took a full complement of persons, 2 engineers, a fireman, a brakeman, a conductor.

American history slips away. I wrote this story to preserve a foot print of time when life was simpler.   We as kids  were given free reign and lived a lifestyle of riding horses all summer and sleds all winter.

Included are the realities of living in the Colorado Rockies before the conveniences of modern appliances, heating with coal and washing clothes by a Maytag wringer washing machine.

Time marches on, the trains are gone but America needs to have the opportunity of seeing a picture of our history unique to this time and area.



Birth Place
Durango, CO LaPlata

This book has been donated by local citizens to 3 public libraries in the neighboring communities of Rico, Colorado.
It is in the archives of the Colorado Historical Society, 1300 Broadway, Denver, Colorado and 5 different Colorado Historical Society museums.

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