By Dan Edwards
159 pages, softcover, illustrations
Palmer Lake has been a railroad town since the first narrow gauge trains of Gen. William Jackson Palmer passed through the town in 1871 traveling between Denver and Colorado Springs. In later years five other railroads hauled freight and passenger traffic through Palmer Lake. This rail line is now part of the Joint Line operated by the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and the Union Pacific.
This book, based on years of research, presents a narrative history with a myriad of new facts and figures detailing railroad operations, including accidents; ice harvesting at Palmer Lake and Monument; vigorous competition between the Rio Grande and Santa Fe Railways highlighted by a “fence war” in 1890; the railroad eating house at Palmer Lake; and the decline of steam locomotives and passenger trains beginning after World War II, ending with the closing of Palmer Lake’s Santa Fe station in 1967. Many of these details are contained in the book’s 43 appendices.