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Old West railroad lore focus of Feb. 9 OCC History Center talk

This is the famous photo dramatizing the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869.
Courtesy of Andrew J. Russell - Yale University Libraries, Public Domain
Jan. 24, 2018
       An Old Colorado City History Center program Friday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. will use slides and videos to tell about two little-known railroad features from the Old West.
       Presented by historian David Valles, who specializes in the American Southwest, the talk is titled “The Golden Spike/Chapel Cars (1869-1940).”
       The center is at 1 S. 24th St.
       The golden spike refers to the famous completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, but there was another such rail achievement several years later across the southern U.S., which Valles will speak to. Chapel cars were also known as “churches on wheels” that brought religion to the Old West, a press release states.
       Admission is $5, but free to members of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), whose volunteers manage the center.
       Other than programs, admission to the History Center and its museum/bookstore is free.
       Winter hours are currently in effect - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
       For more information, including how to become an OCCHS member, call 636-1225 during museum hours.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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