Promoters called this the "Scenic Line of the World" to entice travelers to see western Colorado by rail. The Denver & Rio Grande guidebook Around the Circle invited readers to join the trip: "Unlike many of the Colorado canyons, the scenery in this one is kaleidoscopic, ever changing. Here the train glides along the close, exalted walls."
British author Rudyard Kipling found this train ride through the canyon less than sublime: "...we entered the gorge, remote from the sun, where the rocks were 2,000 feet sheer... There was a glory and a wonder and a mystery about that mad ride which I felt keenly, until I had to offer prayers for the safety of the train."
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• Engine 361 pulls one of the last trains through Black Canyon in 1949.
• In 1895 this Pratt truss bridge replaced the first wooden bridge over the Cimarron River. It made for a safer descent into the canyon.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts
Location. 38° 27.095′ N, 107° 32.957′ W. Marker is near Cimarron, Colorado, in Montrose County. Marker is on Morrow Point Dam Road one mile north of U.S. 50, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cimarron CO 81220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Mountain to Table (approx. 0.6 miles away); Geography Sets the Stage (approx. 0.7 miles away); Narrow Path to Prosperity (approx. 0.7 miles away); Working on the Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away); Building a Dam (approx. 7˝ miles away); Light at the End of the Tunnel (approx. 7˝ miles away); Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (approx. 10.1 miles away); Pegmatite Dikes (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cimarron.
Also see . . .
1. Cimarron Canyon Rail Exhibit. National Parks Service: Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado entry (Submitted on October 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Narrow Gauge Railroad. National Park Service: Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Colorado entry (Submitted on October 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 29, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.