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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - March 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Collins trolleys vol. 12, to. 3 historical highlights from Early Day newspaper Colorado territory Price four bits photo Courtesy it. Collins Public Library. Early transportation trilogy the Road to Lindenmeier Lake was the location of this 1910 meeting of a horse amp buggy horseless Carriage and the a a municipal conductor . Beeler is the Man on the left. This car no. 106, in 1909 hit and completely Cut in two a Large russian wolfhound on this route. Service to Start july 1,1907 new electric cars 2/2/1907 electric cars running on the streets o will be f fort Collins by july i. According to the dictum of the magnates who Are preparing now to secure material and supplies for the interurban Road. As soon As the material can be brought into this City work will begin and be pushed to completion without delay the engineers declaring they will Rush the work in order not to have the streets torn up any longer than absolutely necessary. The Power is expected to be available Here by april i. As the poles Are set almost into the City. And the Plant at Lafayette nearing completion. A. D. Parker vice president of the Colorado amp Southern. T. S. Mcmurray attorney for the Colorado amp Southern and Vic president of the interurban Street railway. H. W. Cowan chief Engineer of both roads j. H. Bradbury. General auditor of the Colorado amp Southern and attorney Rearick. Of new York City. General attorney of both roads were in the City thursday looking Over the situation. The object of the trip was to show or. Rearick Over this Branch of the Colorado amp Southern system. The party went to Wellington during the Day. Over the Eastern branches and inspected the Western spurs of the Road. They went to Greeley in the evening. While in the City they were taken in automobiles Over the town especially Over the proposed lines of the Road and out to the sugar factory. They stated that As soon As the Frost was out of the ground work would begin which will probably be some time in april and that material has already been ordered to be Here by that time. They stated that the first lines built would be to the College the sugar factory and out toward Prospect Park. Superintendent Crossley is responsible for the statement that the poles for the electric Power have been set almost to fort Collins and that they would be ready to furnish Power to run the cars of the interurban company when requested. Power for the electric lighting of the City will be furnished at the same time and Many important changes Are contemplated in the Light Plant Here in the near future. They expect to be ready for business by the time that the Tramway is ready for them. The car barns of the interurban company will be located on the half of a vacant Block just West of the Stock Yards and the electric lines will Cross the main track in coming Over into the City proper. As proposed at present the line will be Laid so that the cars coming from the car barn will run in on Mountain Avenue pass Down Linden Street to Jefferson Street then go North to Cherry and Back to the barn. Thus forming the Loop. Going out. They will Cross Laporte Avenue near the passenger depot and run Down Walnut Street to Linden. At present one barn will be sufficient to accommodate the cars of the Road. The cars have been purchased by the company and Are to be modern interurban cars. Similar to a passenger coach and up to Date in every respect. The roadbed of the Colorado amp Southern has been ballasted and put in readiness for the increased traffic of the coming season. It has been prepared to run electric cars from Denver to Boulder and or. Parker stated that such communication might be made with fort Collins As soon As it was possible to do so but that this would be in the future. The work of building the Road into the City will cause increased business Here and when it is completed fort Collins May Start out to secure for herself the name of the a a convention City of Northern Colorado. Vic president Parker remarked on his visit Here a a this is my town of All the towns in Northern the work of construction will continue Only a few weeks As it is the plan to put a Large Force of men at work at once and Hustle it out. The streets Over which the lines Are to be Laid Are in Good condition and initial preparation will be avoided on that account. The work of building May go ahead with no impediment. The fort Collins expressive cent Date 12/20/1907 Many amusing incidents Are occurring in connection with the inauguration of Street car service but possibly the Best one yet is that told on Howard m. Gilchrist manager of the Tyler Lowe mercantile company a store. At noon monday. Or. Gilchrist decided to get Home in a hurry by taking his first ride on the electric cars. He came out of the store just As the car was leaving the Junction going South on College. It required a Lively sprint but or. Gilchrist managed to catch the car and swing on. He dropped into a seat somewhat out of breath and immediately began to look for a Nickel. He tried one pocket and then another but nowhere did his fingers succeed in digging up the necessary Coin. A lady acquaintance in the opposite seat was watching the proceedings with interest. The face of the business Man had assumed an expression of perplexity and he was evidently debating on what sort of an excuse to make to the conductor who was now approaching. Just As or. Gilchrist had about determined to leave the car. The Young lady came to his Rescue by sitting Down beside him. Handing the conductor a dime she said after he reached the Back platform the conductor remarked to a passenger a these fort Collins girls Are certainly peaches. Did you see How that girl in Brown there with the Chestnut hair paid for the Fellows ride0�?� another Story is that told on a West Mountain Avenue citizen whose education relative to Street car ethics had been sadly neglected. When the conductor asked for the fare he said a sure Young fellow you did no to suppose i wanted to ride free did you0 How much is it a on being informed that there was a uniform Price of five cents per ride he paid and the conductor then inquired whether or not he wanted a Transfer. A sure i was the reply. A a ill take All that a coming to after the conductor handed him the Transfer the passenger remarked to his seatmate a they can say All they want to a in these Street car companies but this one is sure accommodating. Ride Down town for a Nickel and git a Transfer Back Home a when he tried to use the Transfer an hour later he Learned his mistake. Fort Collins evening courier the future 2/31/1907 no town in the inter Mountain Region has brighter prospects for the future than fort Collins. Its location and surroundings. Its equable climate its splendid agricultural horticultural. Stock growing Stock feeding and Mineral resources which Are Only partially developed and its excellent social educational and religious advantages and its proximity to the mountains Are bound to attract the Home seeker and investor in the future As they have in the past. The installation and operation of a Street railway system connecting the City with the outlying Rural districts will add greatly towards giving the City an upward trend and the building of the Denver Laramie amp Northwestern railway from Denver to fort Collins and on to the great Northwest which now seems assured will give the City another big boost Forward and upward. Add to its population increase its business and its influence and standing. With these Brilliant prospects in View we heartily Welcome the coming of 1908. Fort Collins evening courier photo Courtesy it. Collins Public Library. Over Hill and Dale a five cent fare would allow transportation throughout the nine mile system. Scenic views were common As the municipal railway made its Way Over trestles Bridges and Down the streets of it. Collins. This Bridge is in City Park
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