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1905 Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Annual Railroad Pass Mining Town For Sale

1905 Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek District Annual Railroad Pass Mining Town

1905 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).

The 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.

Don’t 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.

During 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.

Mine 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 Denver.

The 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.

Losing 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.

By 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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I offer a fourteen day return privilege on everything I sell on . If you purchased an item and are unhappy with it because it wasn’t “as described” in the listing you may contact me to return it within 3 days of receipt for a full refund. You “the buyer” agree to pay return postage (and insurance if applicable) for the returned item. I stand behind every item sold, guarantee it is authentic, and make every attempt to clearly describe the item. I try very hard to provide exemplary service but I’m an old woman and mistakes can happen. Please contact me immediately and I will make every attempt to address your concerns.

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At this time I can only accept PayPal payments. Payments must be received within 48 hours of end of the sale. Please wait until invoiced before submitting payment. Invoice will include insurance costs that are required on all items sold for over $300.

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