Glenwood Springs in Garfield County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
When Snow Slides Closed the Canyon
A blinding snowstorm reduced Engineer Hartenberg's vision as he guided the D & RGW passenger train No. 1 through Glenwood Canyon. It was 11:30 the night of February 1, 1899, as the train passed Shoshone headed for Glenwood Springs.
Suddenly, the engine's headlight revealed an avalanche covering the tracks. Shouting a warning to his fireman, Hartenberg quickly reversed the engine. Both men leaped from the train as it crashed into the mountain of snow, boulders and trees. Cars and engine telescoped into each other. Fortunately, none of the other crew or passengers was hurt.
At dawn, a wrecking train arrived at the scene to tackle the removal of the 200-foot-wide snow slide. At 9am a small slide covered the wrecking train. As a crew worked to uncover the wrecking train, an avalanche of enormous proportions roared down the canyon's slopes striking the crew, burying many, and sweeping three men into the Colorado River.
The crew immediately began the rescue of their fellow workers, and doctors Dean and Crook of Glenwood Springs came to assist the injured. However, three men did not survive the large slide.
It took a week of work to make the rails passable following the avalanche of 1899.
Beware the pine-trees' withered branch. Beware the awful
Photo caption: Crews worked to clear the railway of avalanches in Glenwood Canyon. Some 26 rail coaches and Pullman cars containing about 250 people were sidetracked in Glenwood Springs for about a week.
Erected 2012 by Frontier Historical Society.
Location. 39° 32.796′ N, 107° 19.465′ W. Marker is in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in Garfield County. Marker is on 8th Street east of Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the side of the Glenwood Chamber Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs CO 81601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Immigrants Found Future in Colorado (here, next to this marker); And Devereux Said Unto Glenwood, "Let There Be Light" (here, next to this marker); Water for Glenwood Springs (here, next to this marker); CCC Men Built Improvements for Glenwood (a few steps from this marker); Healthy Atmosphere Rehabilitated Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); "The First National Bank Building" (a few steps from this marker); When the Railroads Arrived in Glenwood Springs (a few steps from this marker); David Delaplane, Father of Colorado Mountain College (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glenwood Springs.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.