Post by Doris McCraw/Angela Raines-author
|An evening of murder, mystery and a bit of mayhem aboard the|
Royal Gorge Route Railroad.
On Saturday October 3, 2015 I was on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad for an evening Murder Mystery. It is one of the jobs I have, as an actor/casting director for Red Herring Productions. This was the first train show I'd done since the season started on Memorial Day Weekend. During the summer, my other job, that of telling people where to go and how to get there, has me working weekends.
The fun, of course, is in being someone unlike myself. Interacting with people as, in the case tonight, the matriarch of a dysfunctional family. To say was not liked by my family is an understatement. The real fun, once I get past the motion sickness, is the trip through the gorge. From the town of Canon City where the Arkansas river flows along placidly to the narrows of the gorge, under the Royal Gorge Bridge, and out to Parkdale is a scenic bonanza. There is also some fun history that flows along with the Arkansas.
|Royal Gorge USGS photo.|
When the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad was heading up to Leadville in the 1870's, the route they chose was through the Royal Gorge. Unfortunately the Santa Fe Railroad also wanted to use this rounte. The two railroads vied for the right to lay tracks in the gorge. The crews lined up for a shooting war. In Pueblo, where the Santa Fe had headquarters, they imported Bat Masterson to head their crew.
Much has been written in Colorado about this 'war'. For those who wish, here are some links to "The Rest of the Story"
As I traveled the gorge on Saturday, my mind tried to picture those days. In the early part of the year the Arkansas runs high and fast, giving the white water rafters class III to V thrills. In the latter part of the season, the river has slowed down, becoming a peaceful place to fish. I also noticed the wooden pipes, now almost gone, that supplied water to Canon City. Story is that it was built by convict labor, since the territorial prison is located in Canon City. The institution opening its doors in 1874. For more history: http://www.canoncity.com/history-ca%C3%B1-city
Doris McCraw/Angela Raines-author also writes haiku which is posted on the blog:
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