Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge : A Quick HistoryBook - 1998
Duane Smith does a wonderful job of pointing out the spectacular engineering feats that were necessary to conquer the rugged, isolated mountains of the San Juan country. Durango was the jumping off point -- reached in July 1881 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Then the railroad headed north. Its goal was Silverton and northward to the rich San Juan mines. For many years the railroad was the lifeline to Silverton as it was the only way in and out. It is still a lifeline as it brings thousands of tourists each day in the summer to this bustling little tourist town.
Publisher: Ouray, CO : Western Reflections, Inc., 1998.
Characteristics: 106 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge