Denver & Rio Grande Railroad: Gunnison, & La Veta Hotel

LA VETA HOTEL." Great early 20th century monotone chromolithographic postcard of a setting along the lines of this older railroad, cast in brown according to one of the vogues of the day. Scene depicts the La Veta Hotel in Gunnison, Colorado, and its famous offer to pay room or meal for every day the sun does not shine on Gunnison. All the statistics are right t Let's just say the hotel wasn't in danger of going out of business. The only thing that isn't easy to read might be the illustration in the upper left, which shows a cabin with implements out front and reads, "GUNNISON, COLO. 1879." The town of Gunnison and the river - as well as the county - are named after Captain John W. Gunnison, who in the early 1850s was put in charge of a team sent to find a pacific route for a transcontinental railroad, between the 38th and 39th parallels - w this area is located. Formerly known as the Tomichi River and Valley, they were renamed after Gunnison, who died in a massacre in 1853. The town is about twenty miles east of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, through which the D&RGRR carved its route in the early 1880s. Great detail and tones, fine photo and lithographic work. A promotional piece for the Hotel, and really for the sunshiney Gunnison area. Quite rare, I believe. A find for Gunnison/Denver & Rio Grande/Railroad collectors! ... read more