Water Tower

The water tank came from Ophir and was used on the Colorado, Rio Grande and Southern Railroad Line during the late 1800’s. These water tanks or water towers as they were sometimes called, were spread out along the rail lines to fill the boilers of the steam engines. A long spout hangs down from the tank to get the water to the engine boiler. Imagine the hardships of those early day railroaders! The cold winters blowing in snow drifts sometimes higher than the engine. There was the ever-present danger of losing control on a high curve or freezing if the train stalled in a winter storm. The imaginary sound of a distant train whistle captivates the mind. On a clear crisp night it can be faintly heard if one is very quit. History restates, “this was the time of, Big Mountains - Little Engines”.