Colorado Railroad Museum

Colorado Railroad Museum

After Cheyenne, We headed into Colorado to a small town outside Golden, called Colorado City located in the heart of a bunch of gambling casinos.  Not sure why they are all concentrated in the valley, but it did bring in money to help revitalize these old mining towns of Idaho Springs and Blackhawk.  The real reason to stay here was to go to the Colorado Railroad Museum to get more of my burning coal, live steam railroad fix.  If you are ever near Denver, this is a absolutely must stop place to see.  We stayed at at very nice KOA that had a nice view of Idaho Springs right out our front window.

our view…

I did walk around both Idaho Springs and Blackhawk, nice preservation of the old buildings from the late 1800, but a lot of new casinos being built, especially in Blackhawk with 10 plus stories…

The hills are dotted with mine tailings showing the boom and bust cycles in thes towns, I guess gamblers are the new gold rush.

Now on to what I really came to this area to visit.  I was last here 12 years ago and wanted to revisit it again, the wonderful Colorado Railroad Museum.  What a great place and they were working on a steam engine, #491, a K-37, the largest and last of the steam driven narrow gauge ( 3 foot track) engines which we got to see up close and I was invited to see inside the cab.

Most of the steam engines are 100 years old or more, pretty neat to see some of them still running as a tribute to the past.  I highly recommend checking it out.  On weekends they run the steam engines around the track.

We next headed into downtown Golden to grab a bit to eat, very nice downtown with shops and restraunts.  They have beautiful statues at most all the corners, just a nice place to wonder around…

We are now off to Colorado Springs.  We did not get to spend as much time as we wanted in this part of Colorado due to need to scoot to California by September, so we have Colorado on our plan to spend the entire summer in the state in the future…

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