silverton railroad map
Located in southwest Colorado, at the foot of the San Juan Mountains, the city of Durango is easily accessible by both land and air. <>endobj The train climbs nearly 3,000 feet to Silverton and the high mountain air will be on average about 10 degrees cooler than in Durango. Deer, elk, black bear, Bighorn Sheep, mountain lions and moose are sometimes sighted as well as eagles, hawks, osprey, geese, squirrels, marmots and fox. Construction of the line began in 1887 and reached Burro Bridge by early November, when work was halted for the winter. If you have any health concerns, check with your physician for advice. 6 0 obj The Silverton Railroad, now defunct, was an American 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad constructed between Silverton, Colorado and mining districts near Red Mountain Pass, Colorado. Fun and fascinating facts of the D&... Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. endobj Silverton Railroad ... Route map. This project became the beginning on the Silverton Northern Railroad.[1]. [3] The line reached its greatest extent in September 1889 with the completion from Ironton of a spur to a mill at Albany. Silverton is a former silver mining camp, most or all of which is now included in a federally designated National Historic Landmark District, the Silverton Historic District. When the snow flies, Silverton turns into a winter wonderland boasting of great snowmobiling, snow shoeing, groomed tracks for cross country and skate skiing, groomed and lift-accessed backcountry skiing, and amazing landscapes! %�쏢 %PDF-1.4 Throughout the year this space is available to rent for your special occasion! <> On top of skiing, you may enjoy sledding, tubing and ice-skating at Kendall Mountain. Except for severe weather conditions, the D&SNG runs trains as scheduled.If you're driving in Colorado, you can find current road conditions by visiting the CO Department of Transportation's Web site at For recorded phone information call: 303-639-1111 or instate toll free 877-315-7623. <> On our winter trips late November through early May, the train travels 26 miles each way to the wye at Cascade Station. <> The route followed a survey made by the Denver & Rio Grande up Mineral Creek to climb Red Mountain Pass to reach the incredibly rich mining district around Red Mountain Town. However, it’s always good to be prepared for rain or snow any time of year! c��C;w�ޝP�ȹ��V���w�v�!��j�7>�����_§"d�TX��������gD`�-Գ�V��\�i8$Ї`L���T�nx!�M � ��ʛk׮=z4}�n�Ų9���$_���?���-Njƭ��$��pxW�S�Z{Q(Ad7��ֺ����]��.�I�CBBrrrd9��E9�¯���&>�����_�"`���X�{���}�.� [1], In 1889, surveying and grading was begun on a branch up the upper Animas River to Eureka. endobj A line was proposed to connect Ironton with Ouray in 1892 which would have been electric-powered and used a rack-and-pinion system to overcome the steep grades of 7%, but the Silver Crash of 1893 prevented further construction. [1], The Silverton Railroad was the first of several railroad projects by Otto Mears, the famed "Pathfinder of the San Juans". 5 0 obj The mining history of Silverton had its roots in the first prospectors that found their way over Stony Pass in the mid 1860's. 3 0 obj Guests are encouraged to get plenty of rest and drink lots of water. 1 0 obj 4 0 obj stream It is a legacy that glitters in Silverton's elaborate Victorian-era architecture, reflecting the millions of dollars drawn from the earth during the mining boom of the late 1800's to early 1900's. The Silverton Railroad was the first of three railroads built to tap the mineral resources in the mines above Silverton. Be sure to stop by the Silverton Museum, Jail and Mining Heritage Center and uncover many artifacts of San Juan County's past. Throughout the season, the river will rise from around 400 c.f.s (cubic feet per second) in April, to over 6,000 c.f.s at peak snowmelt runoff in June, and will mellow out again in September.The train will cross the river five times on its journey to Silverton, offering spectacular views from both sides of the train.


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