matting wrote: by matting Â» Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:18 pm
Old photos of 14ers etc. Where is the best place to see them?
That's a real good question. I don't know if there is a 14er library of old photos, or all you can do is just go into texts containing old photos of the unmistakable profiles of the 14ers we know and love. For example, in front of me I have a historic book titled "Narrow Gauge to Central and Silver Plume" (1972), published by the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. The author's name is is Cornelius W. Hauck. On Page 125 is pictured a Shay locomotive with several cars provided for tourists on the Argentine Central at the highest point reached by rail on Mt. McClellan. The image shown is facing the opposite direction from Wildlobo's photo showing Grays and Torreys behind the tourists, above. In the backgroud to the east on Page 125 are the unmistakable profiles of Mounts Evans and Bierstadt, along with familiar 13ers such as Gray Wolf, Spalding, the Sawtooth and Wilcox. If you visit museums in the mining towns near 14ers maybe a familiar peak will show up at the museum's photo collection. There is a good museum with old railroad photos in Como. The Museum in Golden may reveal some surprises.
The west side or Argentine Pass may be dangerous for vehicles now (I think it is too) but I have seen one or two photos of a stage coach making safe passage up the west side with snow cleared from the road and Grays Peak for a backdrop.
That said, if there are others more knowledgeable in this subject than presented here, you have the forum to pursue this interesting topic.