This picture shows the first train of the year to go to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado.
This post card was published by a tourist attraction (the Balanced Rock)
In 1879, Charles Elliott Perkins, a friend of William Jackson Palmer, purchased 480 acres of land that included a portion of the present Garden of the Gods. Upon Perkin’s death, his family gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909, with the provision that it would be a free public park. Palmer had owned the Rock Ledge Ranch and upon his death it was donated to the city. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1971
The post card is from the White Border Era (1915 – 1930). The white border helped the printing companies to save money on ink by not having to print right to the edge of the post cards. This one was printed by the E. C. Kropp Company, a publisher and printer that began producing chromolithographic souvenir cards and private mailing cards in 1898 under the name Kropp. These cards were of much higher quality than those that would be printed under the E.C. Kropp name. They became the E.C. Kropp Company in 1907 and produced large numbers of national view-cards and other subjects. Their latter linen cards had a noticeably fine grain. The company was sold to L.L. Cook in 1956 and they are now part of the GAF Corp. U.S.