D&RG/Rio Grande Gunnison: Wagon Wheel - Her Name is Rio

...and she dances on the sand. Just like that river twisting through a dusty land. "RIO GRANDE RIVER NEAR WAGON WHEEL GAP ON ROAD TO CREEDE, COLO.." Sanborn. #W-1357. Great early to mid 20th centuryblack and white real photo postcard of a setting along the lines of theseolder railroads. Scene depicts a view on the Rio Grande River near Wagon Wheel Gap - on the way to Creede, Colorado on the routes. Now this is the actual river the song is talking about - except quite a bit further south in that case... Appears to be the old railbed on the right side of the River, and a railway bridge in the distance. The San Luis Valley/La Veta Pass route of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached its terminus at Wagon Wheel Gap in 1883. Nicholas Creede discovered pan silver close to Creede in 1889, and the mining camp t soon swelled to 10,000 persons. Originally known as Jimtown, it eventually was named after the discoverer of silver from the profitable Holy Moses Mine. David Moffat extended the line from Wagon Wheel Gap to Creede in 1891, when the board of the D&RG refused to do so. He accomplished this by resigning as president of the D&RG and creating a new railroad, the Rio Grande Gunnison Railway, to do the task. Moffat was co-owner with Nicholas Creede of the Holy Moses Mine. By 1892 a million dollars in silver had been freighted ... read more