Originally this line was the route of the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad. Reaching from Denver, Colorado along the South Platte River to the entrance of the South Platte Canon, the line went up the canon and over the mountains to reach a mining district known as the Mineral Belt. The DSP&P later became a subsidiary of the Colorado & Southern railroad. Today, only a small branch of the line south of downtown Denver remains in operation. The former grade in the greater Denver area has been lost to urban development.
The Mineral Belt was an area of great mineral wealth, and the railroad was needed to haul the gold, silver, lead, molybdenum, tungsten, zinc, coal and other less valuable mineral deposits down out of the mountains. But this was not the only traffic on the line, lumber and cattle were also sources of traffic.
Many historical Black and White photographs supplement the text, including pictures of the steamers with their unique "Bear Trap" spark arrestors. The book is printed on high-quality, glossy paper.
Dedication, Introduction, Map, pp. 4-8,
Denver to Platte Canon, pp. 9-30,
Lower Platte Canon, pp. 31-60,
On to Buffalo, pp. 61-94,
Buffalo and Pine Grove, 95-122,
Beyond Pine Grove, pp. 123-138,
Baileys to Altruria, pp. 139-164,
Shawnee to Webster, pp. 165-184,
Over Kenosha to King and Como, pp. 185-204,
Como, pp. 205-226,
Como-Alma Subdivision, pp. 227-244,
Boreas Pass, pp. 245-276,
Beyond Breckenridge, pp. 277-288,
Model T Ford, pp. 289-298,
Scrapping Operations, pp. 299-326,
Historical Stations and Siding Names, pp. 327-329,
Highway Mileage, pg. 330,
1920 Auto Log and Scrapping Dates, pg. 331,
1922 Time Table Platte Canon Division, pg. 332,
Poem, pg. 333,
Index, pp. 334-336.
Tom Klinger Publishing, hardcover, 336 pages, standard portait format 10 x 8 in., Black and White photographs, maps, railroad passes, other data.