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Old 07-30-2012, 06:03 AM   #376
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Agreed.

I think you'll all agree we were more attractive in the old days too...
Hell, I was more attractive a day ago.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:26 PM   #377
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So anyway, a few pics. One of the earlier mountain "then" images I've come across. Empire as a mining camp in 1880...


Now, one would think it would be a cinch finding the above location and direction, but daaang, I passed through, turned around, retraced, with old image in hand, several separate times while riding through Empire to no avail. Well, I was making the assumption the above wagon trail through Empire is today's U.S. 40. One day, I looked south down one of the few side streets...
Great capture of an earlier photo again Steve!

I would guess the reason for the "side street" angle of the photos above is the town of Empire back in the day actually ran more north/south following the old wagon route over Empire Pass to Georgetown instead of the modern US 40 and I-70 routes. Agree?
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #378
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NMT... Yep, would agree. Nice observation. The fastest route to the nearby communities of Georgetown and Silver Plume would have been just as you pointed out.

And looking in the distance, it's not like Empire Pass is one of the hairiest mountain passes around.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #379
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Great thread. Really like the pics and stories. I love this kind of "history."
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:48 AM   #380
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NMT... Yep, would agree. Nice observation. The fastest route to the nearby communities of Georgetown and Silver Plume would have been just as you pointed out.

And looking in the distance, it's not like Empire Pass is one of the hairiest mountain passes around.
I agree. I'd love to see some old photos of the Empire Pass shelf road on the south side of the pass headed to Georgetown. I've ridden to the summit and hiked it down, but never seen any old photos of it. If you look closely while crusing I-70 just east of Georgetown, you can still see the old road decending from the pass. Very cool old road for sure!!

Summit of Empire Pass overlooking I-70



Old road decending towards Georgetown
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Old 07-31-2012, 08:09 AM   #381
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NMT... Nice images! Will look up the next time I pass by on I-70! And have a little hunting, take a look at this...

http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/Docu...nter/View/2531

Especially pages 6-8. It appears the old wagon road between Empire and Georgetown also went by the name of Union Pass. Great history!
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:31 PM   #382
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NMT... Nice images! Will look up the next time I pass by on I-70! And have a little hunting, take a look at this...

http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/Docu...nter/View/2531

Especially pages 6-8. It appears the old wagon road between Empire and Georgetown also went by the name of Union Pass. Great history!
That was an awesome read Steve! Thanks for posting up the Empire history info.!

Looks like the last photo on far right of page 8 is almost a "then and now" of my bottom photo above looking into Georgetown! Good stuff!!
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The Great Train Robbery Bridge
We were out riding one frosty morning a few years back and we noticed this bridge! (Apologies for crap phone photo)

Check it out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_T...ery_%281963%29


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Old 08-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #384
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Great Train Robbery

Thanks for the reminder of the Train Robbery Sandman. (49 years next week). Ronnie Biggs lived quite near me in Adelaide in the early 70's and apparently even drank at our local. Embarrassingly, I was a young policeman at the time!
Better photos available of Bridego Bridge No 127 on Google Maps.
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Sandman.... Excellent. Thanks for the link. I needed a refresher. Quite the scene almost 50 years ago.
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Merged image of one of the last runs of the Denver, South Park and Pacific train. Tracks were pulled up in 1938.

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Old 08-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #387
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From a recent ride, exploring the historic townsite of Nighthawk on the banks of the Middle Fork of the South Platte...

About a 100 years ago with a lack of productive nearby mining contributing to the lack of a vibrant town...


Today...


Merged...


Despite the Handyman's Special on the left, Nighthawk didn't convince many to settle there 100 years ago...


Would say the place is still kinda "allure challenged" today...


Merged...
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The merged photos are so neat!!

You are a pro!
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The merged images do deliver an interesting perspective.

The next post contains some more.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:05 PM   #390
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Como is a small historic community located at 9,800ft. elevation in the high meadows of South Park, Colorado. While golden ores were the draw at most area mining camps, it was black coal leading to the establishment of Como in 1871. Italian coal miners named the camp after Lake Como, in Italy. In 1879 the Denver, South Park & Pacific railroad build a depot here, along with narrow gauge tracks over nearby Boreas Pass. Well, for a few decades thousands lived here. Today, perhaps around 100 is the pop. Most of the structures are old. The place looks authentic. Here's a then/now tour.

Well, first, a few "now" structures, but no "then", just to give a feel for the place...








Here's the Catholic church in the late 1800's...


I found the above image after taking a pic of the Catholic church today...


Here are some of the miners gathering for a group photo...


Same backdrop but I'm much further away and using a serious zoom. Several fenced properties between me and where the miners stood...


Here's Como about 80 years ago...


Alas, a rancher's fence and gate that I'm leaning against behind me threatened serious prosecution if I snuck across for a better now perspective...


At about the same time, 80 years ago...


Today...


Merged...


Here's the Como school around 100 years ago...


Now it is the Como Civic Center...




Something about seeing youth long ago...


And where they stood...




The Como General Store long ago...


Until a few years ago it remained open. Maybe someday someone will give it a go again...




Last, In the 1930's the train gave way to autos. The tracks were pulled up and operations shut down. Here's the train roundhouse in the 1950's...


And here's the train roundhouse in 2012. It is on the National Register of Historic Places...
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