Saturday, December 08, 2018

Leadville Colorado.... Part 2

There is this painting on the side of the Cycles of Life Bike Shop in Leadville.
it is called "The Ladies of Leadville" and was painted in 1990

Here is the Story that we were told 

The woman in black is said to represent Mrs. Louis Lamb, widow to the man who was shot by the  Leadville Marshall Duggan in a pistol fight in 1880. 

The story says that Mrs. Lamb wore her widow’s clothing for seven years until Marshall Duggan was killed himself, at which time she immediately delivered her mourning clothes to Mrs. Mart Duggan, the widow of the man who killed her husband. 

We finally drove over to the train station - got our tickets and picked which car we wanted to ride in. I wanted one that was completely open - so I could SEE everything.... The men obliged - after all - they were still full from Pizza!

Above - That is the Train Station from our Train Car.

This is the Old St Vincent Hospital - I believe now you can rent rooms in it.
it was built in February of 1879 by the town of leadville and Three Sisters of Charity.

Horace Tabor ( he was the Leadville Mayor at the time)  Started the fundraising to build this hospital by donating $500, WH Stevens, another successful miner - told the sisters to pick a lot of his property and donated it.

We passed by the Hospital as our train pulled out of the station.   We were on the Fall Foliage Excursion of the Colorado and Southern Train.

Lucky for us so fall foliage was still around - however, it came a little earlier than expected to the High Country.   ( Not the trains fault by the way, this was just the day we could go)

First off - I love dogs, but I was so surprised to see people bring their dogs on a 3-4 hour excursion. My dog would have had to eat, drink, use the *facilities* and lick everyone in sight.   These dogs just liked Middle bit

This was one of the old Train Stations ( if I remember right) and they housed the engines there in the off time...

I just liked this one

and now we are heading out on the railway.... oh man you all! I was so excited to get going!

The Views

The trees

The Colors

it was awesome....

But wait!! I have more photos.... I just didn't want to overwhelm you.... so see you next week  - for Part 3!!!


Libby in TN said...

I think I remember that my dad served on the "jury" after a reenactment of the shootout.

Farm Quilter said...

Oh what a perfect day in the Rocky Mountains!! I love the deep blue of the sky...I only seem to see that particular blue up in the mountains. Simply gorgeous. Looking forward to next week!

Kate said...

Wow! What a cool place and train ride.

Sherrill said...

SO funny that you guys sat in the open car and it reminded me of a trip we took on the Durango train years ago!! DH was gray and when we got off the train, I looked at him and he was dark-headed again! WHAT?! Then we realized the soot from the engine blackened his hair (and everytime he blew his nose for the next couple of days, that was black too..ugh). I love 'ridin' the rails'.

Terri said...

l'll be here on the train waiting for the next leg of the trip.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I had forgotten how crystal clear the air was at higher elevations. We used to go to Estes Park quite a bit, always a pretty drive. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I love trains. No trains around here, other than Amtrak.