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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Another Cripple Creek R.R. and Another Automobile

In my last blog posting, I wrote about the Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad. This post card is a picture of a train on that line.
Just to remind you, here is a quote from the previous posting: “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 in 1894.”

It is at a spot on the line called Rock Creek. It is hard to find anything on line about this particular spot.

When you turn the card over there isn't a lot of information about the printer or publisher of this card, either. That flag wrapped around its staff and pointing to the left can be found on many of the post cards in my collection. I haven't confirmed yet, but I think it is a mark of the publisher, Van-Noy Interstate (although many of their cards have the name on the left side of the card). But, I wouldn't bet my life on it.
The card was mailed on August 31, 1911 at 3:30 in the afternoon. It is being sent to Racine, Wisconsin. In the message Alfred is telling the receivers that he had spent all day in an automobile (from 8 AM to 6 PM) and he saw the whole town - it was mailed from Denver, Colorado.

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