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1905 Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Annual Railroad Pass Mining Town For Sale
Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Annual Railroad Pass Mining Town
This lovely railroad pass was issued to Mr. A. A. Matthews
an Assistant Engineer of the Colorado and Southern Railway. This pass is from one of the years when the
Colorado and Cripple Creek District Railway was operated by the Colorado and
Southern Railway (1905 – 1911).
pass is in excellent condition! The pass has some discoloration and soiling expected
for its long life of 108 years. There
are no pinholes or creases. The back has
the signatures and some staining and marks.
The front of the pass has a lovely scene in the background with a steam
locomotive under full steam coming down out of the mountains. Please see scans for further information and
feel free to ask questions. Please note
that the pass was scanned with a pink background in order to help visualize the
corners and edges.
Dimensions Approximately 4” x 2 ½”
Please see the other Cripple Creek items on sale at
the present time.
let this rare and wonderful pass slip by!
Brief History: In
1890, Bob Womack’s persistent diggings around Cripple Creek, Colorado were assayed
in Colorado Springs and showed that the rock actually contained gold. This led to the formation of the Cripple
Creek Mining District on April 5, 1891.
1894 a narrow-gauge line, known as the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad was
built at a cost of $500,000. The
Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad extended forty miles and reached the
district from the Arkansas River to the south.
This was quickly followed by the standard gauge Midland Terminal line
coming from a connection with the Colorado Midland to the north. This line was thirty miles long and cost
$25,000 per mile to construct. The two
railroads, competitive at first, joined forces forming a monopoly.
owners with mills in Colorado City adjacent to Colorado Springs organized and
built The Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek Railroad or “Short Line”
traversing the south slope of Pikes Peak.
This shorter route ascended a uniform 3.6 % grade for 21 miles, and
surmounted Hoosier Pass at 10,314 feet a few miles east of Cripple Creek. Many sharp curves and 9 tunnels were required
to obtain a practical location in the difficult terrain. The Last Spike (gold) was driven in March
1901. The new railroad was able to force
freight rates downward accelerating production.
At peak capacity, the Midland Terminal Railroad operated ten trains a
day. One train carried parlor cars and
sleepers and offered champagne dinners on overnight excursions from
name was changed to Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway on November
17, 1899. An extension to Colorado
Springs opened in April 1901. The
Colorado and Southern Railway directed operations from 1905 to 1911.
money due to competition from the Florence and Cripple Creek Railway and the
Midland Terminal Railway, the Colorado and Southern Railway leased the Colorado
Springs and Cripple Creek District Railway to the Florence and Cripple Creek in
1911. In 1915, this lease was
transferred to the Cripple Creek Central Railway, which also controlled the
Midland Terminal Railway.
1917, most rail traffic in the area was directed to the Midland Terminal
Railway. The loss of Bear Creek Bridge
in May 1918 cut off all direct traffic from Colorado Springs. Bankruptcy was declared in 1919, at which
time it went into receivership. All
operations ceased in 1920 and the line was sold for scrap.
My dad (Richard A. Ronzio) started collecting in the
1940s and collected primarily railroad and mining photos, paper ephemera,
pamphlets, maps, books, and just about anything you can imagine. Most of the collection was sold after his
death. My inherited portion has been
stored away in my crawlspace until recently.
I now need the money to make ends meet on a fixed income and need to
clean up the ‘stuff’ before I die. That
being said, you need to know that I am not a collector or a dealer and may not
be able to answer all of your questions, but I will try my best. I have access to some very knowledgeable
collectors and dealers who will assist.
Please rest assured that all items have been reviewed by these
knowledgeable professionals and authenticated and that they have been in my
families’ possession for as long as 70 years but more typically 40-50
years. Please feel free to ask any
questions and I will do my best to obtain an answer.
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1905 Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Annual Railroad Pass Mining Town: $522