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Denver, Cheyenne & Douglas, WY

Adventurers in the Rockies


Chapter Twelve

Denver airport, Cheyenne & Douglas, WY


July 12, 2016

Tuesday

by

Robin Bowers


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    Leaving our motel in Westminster, Chris G. and I drove to our first stop of the day, Denver International Airport, where we were to pick up our amigo, Chris Parker, a fellow train rider. He was able to get a week off from work and the three amigos will travel to WY, SD, NE and then back to Denver to then pick up the forth amigo, Elizabeth A. also an enthusiastic train rider. Together we will all ride a few of the narrow gauge railroads in Colorado including Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.

    As we still had time before Chris P arrived from LA, we stopped and watched the light rail between Union Station and International Airport.


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       After watching busy traffic on the Airport rail line, soon it was time to head to the airport and pick-up Chris P. flying in from Los Angeles.    

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Denver International Airport.


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Airport greeter.


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The Westin Denver International Airport.

    After picking up Chris P and his bags, we headed for I-25 North via E-470 (toll). Our next stop would be in Cheyenne, WY. for the Big Boy 4004 at Holiday Park.

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    After the "Big Boy," we stopped for lunch and then drove west through Cheyenne going past the UP station and the capital building on our way out of town.

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  Continuing north on I-25 through eastern Wyoming.

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    A little after two hours of leaving the capital city, we entered the town of Douglas, WY.


    Known as Tent Town at its founding in 1886, Douglas served as a supply post for cattlemen and a distribution point for railroad consignments. The town's history is typical of the colorful, brawling days when cavalrymen, cowboys and railroad crews were opening the West, but in contrast to many other towns, few killings were recorded.

    Douglas also is said to be the original home of the "jackalope," a fanciful creation of Wyoming's taxidermists. Doubters are confronted with dozens of convincing mounted specimens of the animal - best described as a jackrabbit sporting antlers - displayed throughout the state. A 10 foot replica of the "hybrid" stands downtown in Centennial Jackalope Square and at the Douglas Area Chamber of Commerce, which is housed in a historic train depot.

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Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center.

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The Jackalope is perhaps the rarest animal in North America.

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Inside Day Coach - # 1886.

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Thirty-six seats could accommodate up to about 72 passengers.


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A bed in sleeping car - GN #1182.

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Skillful how the toilet is stored.
 
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    The dining area occupies one-half of the interior, and could accommodate up to 48 passengers. Furnishings through were made to harmonize with the pastel finish of the walls and ceiling. Booths with bench seating at each end of the space are separated from the central tabled area by means of thick glass partitions. Interior lighting ran the length of the dining area, in tubular fixtures along the upper edge of the side walls. A tiny bar occupied the center of the car. Background music issued from a grid of ceiling-mounted loudspeakers, via a 17-station hi-fi system.


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    The stainless-steel kitchen occupied the other half of the car; it included oversized ovens and stoves, refrigeration compartments, automatic dishwashers, prep tables, hot tables, and three sinks. It was staffed with two entree cooks and a pastry chef, in addition to one "cook" charged with dish and pot washing. Menus were extensive for all three daily meals.

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Chris P. leaving the Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center.

After leaving the center, we went across the street to a restaurant inside a depot.

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We had a nice meal while relaxing and chatting in the cool room.

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After our meal we walked to the building next door, an old freight house.

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From here it was a short drive the motel, Super 8.
Thanks for reading.

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