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1890s Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railroad Photo


This is a very rare antique photo of the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, North America's longest cog railway, which was founded in 1889 and opened in 1891 to transport tourists and sightseeing passengers nine miles to the summit of Pikes Peak. The 4 1/4" x 7 1/4" black-and-white photo is mounted on 5" x 8" stiff cardboard and reads across the bottom "Engleman's Canon M. & P.P. R.R. J G Hiestand Photo". Englemann's Canon was located one mile from Manitou Colorado near the famous Iron Springs Pavilion which served tourists visiting Pikes Peak. J.G. Hiestand was the pavilion's proprietor. Imprinted on the back of the photo is "Iron Springs Photo Gallery, Manitou, Colo. J.G. Hiestand, Proprietor".

The image shows the engineer leaning out the window, and the passengers enjoying the view as they pass through the uncleared forested area on the way to the summit.

The photo's upper right corner tip is missing and has a short edge tear. There's also a small piece missing from the edge 1" up from the lower right corner. The stiff cardboard is soiled and its upper right corner is damaged.

This is a very rare piece of steam railroad history, just as rare as a photo of the old gravity railroads. Don't let this unique photo get away if you collect railroad memorabilia, railroad photos, or cog railroad items. It would also enhance anyone's collection of photos or memorabilia from Pikes Peak, Manitou, or Colorado. This museum quality photo would also make a great addition to a historical society's collection.

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 March, 2009.

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