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Historic Green Mountain Falls Photos By J. Davis Spencer

Steam Locomotive
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

There is a lot about this photo I have not published. It shows the people of the time in the dress of the time - in their horse driven buggies. Although the figures are too small in the overall scheme to make out clearly (especially when they have been scanned in computer) the general ambiance comes through very clearly. In the foreground is the steam locomotive which was a major part of the GMF experience until about 1952. I remember the trains as a child and they were wonderful to behold. The steam whistle echoing off the mountains as the train progressed up from Colorado Springs evoked a suprisingly deep/wonderous emotion, a feeling of panoramic wonder and power.

Inside Town
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

The size of the photo exceeds the size of my scanner, so there are two (overlapping halves). One goes all the way to the top of the photo and the other goes all the way to the bottom and has the whole train in it. Green Mountain Lodge has not yet burned down and there are multiple tents set up for those who choose to camp out. Both the train and the train station are much as I remember them in the late 1940's. The actual photo has more detail. There are several people in the photo that are nearly impossible to see.

Treeless Mountain
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

As you can see, I was NOT KIDDING about the lack of trees. My grandfather's generation were the true "environmentalists." That generation is why GMF is a paradise today. In reality, the mountain was a rat-infested pile of rocks in 1906. There were few trees and hence few squirrels, no raccoons, no bears, no deer, nothing like what we have today. The original trees were planted by people - not nature. All of the people of Granddad's generation carried seedlings with them when they went to the mountains. They didn't make any big deal about it. It just seemed the natural thing to do. From these came forth those which were naturally propagated from the planted trees in subsequent years. The wind and the squirrels carried the tree seeds (pine cones) to new locations.

-These photos were provided by J. Davis Spencer.

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