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DSP&P Historical Society 2017 Convention - Golden, CO

The 19th annual DSP&P convention began at the Colorado Railroad Museum with registration followed by roundhouse tours, Galloping Goose rides and a delicious lunch under the pavilion. In the afternoon, participants watched the ‘Armstrong’ turntable demonstration or visited the Robert W. Richardson Railroad Library. A delicious dinner was served at the Elks Lodge in Golden, followed by “Restoration of the Georgetown Loop Railroad” presented by Bob Schoppe, substituting for Jason Midyette.

Saturday morning, it was “All Aboard!” as we boarded the GLRR in Silver Plume for the train ride. Immediately after the excursion, we took our traditional convention group picture then enjoyed a tasty lunch in the GLRR museum. Saturday afternoon, we traveled to the Argo Gold Mine & Mill for a tour of this historic site. Another delicious dinner at the Elks Lodge was followed by our annual presentation from President Bob Schoppe: “The Year in Review” followed by his circa 1910 Magic Lantern Slide Show.

Dan Abbott led a session on historic Golden, Sunday morning. In the afternoon, several convention attendees visited James Mackay's DSP&P themed G scale and O scale railroad layouts.

Many thanks to convention organizer Steve Schweighofer.

All photos by Todd Hackett.

 

 

The Georgetown Loop depot was the site of our annual convention group photo.

 

Convention participants riding the rails.

 

Photo of the train on the famous Devil's Gate High Bridge

 

Following the train ride, we had lunch at the GLR museum.

 

Saturday afternoon, we took a guided tour of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill and learned the story of the entrepreneurs, industrialists, investors and miners who drove the 4.2 mile tunnel. The tunnel, in its heyday connected over 200 miles of rich gold mines in and around Idaho Springs and Central City.

 

We had the opportunity to enter the Argo Tunnel, at the end of which is a bulkhead that seals off about 3 million gallons of water tainted with heavy metals.

 

After the tunnel visit, we walked through the mill.

 


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