McFarland to present OCCHS railway program

       Mel McFarland, Westside author and Midland Railway buff, will present a program titled "Early Days of Colorado Railroading" at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 South 24th St.
       Admission is free.
       The Old Colorado City Historical Society, which is sponsoring the program, will augment McFarland's talk with a display of photos and railroad artifacts from its collection.
       His program will include discussion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Denver & Rio Grande, the Midland Railway, the Short Line and the Rock Island lines, as well as famous personages such as Gen. William Palmer, J Hagerman, Jerome Wheeler and William A. Bell.
       The Midland used to run passenger and freight trains through the Westside on its way to Cripple Creek. The line was closed in 1949. The old railroad right of way is now being transformed into a multiuse trail.
       For more information, call 475-2574.

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