Learn about the area and the railroad! Be enlightened through historic narrative and tales of what it took to build the railroad and what it takes to keep it going. Also learn interesting facts about the scenery and the historical significance of the area we travel through!
New this year, we now offer a Deluxe-Class Historic Narration car! Ride in style as you learn interesting facts about the scenery and the historical significance of the area we travel through. Learn what it took to build the line and what it takes to keep it going.
Travel in comfort aboard a reconfigured version of the famous “San Juan.” This distinctive closed-vestibuled coach built in 1887 features roomy, reversible, overstuffed seating in a wide three-across arrangement. Passengers receive a complimentary souvenir mug to fill in the concession car.
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Standard Class Coach -
Age 12 and over
Age 4-11 years
Deluxe San Juan Car (12 yrs and Over Only) -
Age 12 and over
Please note: the Historic Narration Journey is designed as a round trip experience on board the train. Please be aware that by upgrading to the one-way bus option, you will be missing one portion of the historic narration and no refund will be given.
Depending on who is narrating on the day of your ride, you may hear from any two of the following characters from history:
Cora Mears Pitcher was the daughter of Otto Mears and the last president of the Silverton Northern Railroad! She grew up as her father built roads and railroads to support the lucrative mining in southwestern Colorado. She will share her father's "rags to riches" story and talk about the many railroads that once ran in the San Juan Mountains.
Otto Mears was a famous Colorado railroad builder and entrepreneur who played a major role in the early development of southwestern Colorado. Mears was known as the "Pathfinder of the San Juans" because of his road and railroad building projects through Colorado's San Juan Mountains in the late 19th Century. He built hundreds of miles of toll roads in the rough terrain of the young state of Colorado, notably the Million Dollar Highway over Red Mountain Pass, connecting Silverton to Ouray.
Ann Eliza Pinkerton, with her husband and children, homesteaded in the Animas Valley in 1875. They sold beef, potatoes, butter and other food supplies to the miners up in Silverton. Learn about ranch life in the area and some of the cowboy stories that really happened in the early days of "wild" Durango!
Chipeta Queen of the Utes. Wife of Chief Ouray. See through her eyes her cherished homeland. Hear through her voice the Love she has for her mountains, valleys and rivers. Share her compassion for mankind and her enjoyment of nature.
Gen. William Jackson Palmer: The 45-mile line between Durango and Silverton was constructed in 1881-82 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway headed by General William Jackson Palmer. Hear more about this man, considers both a visionary and a pragmatic businessman.
Victoria Day: The wife of noted, (or notorious, depending on which side of the pencil you fell on) newspaper editor, David Day. She was a business woman in her own right, an early woman entrepreneur, something quite unusual for a 19th century lady.
Lena Stoiber was quite a character! With her second husband Ed, she co-owned the Silver Lake Mine and later the Mayflower Mine above Silverton. She rode a special bicycle which ran on the RR tracks. It was built for her by Otto Mears. She had FOUR husbands, one of whom was supposedly aboard the Titanic.
The narrators will relate their tales to you in first-person storytelling, dressed in period clothing to match their character. They will take on the persona of an actual person involved in the settling of the West and portray through their eyes what life was like in the old days in the Durango and Silverton area. They will enlighten you through narrative and tales of what it took to build the railroad and what it takes to keep it going as well as facts about the scenery and the historical significance of the area we travel through!
This will NOT be non-stop commentary but will allow for interaction and passengers are encouraged to ask questions! On the return trip, you will have a new character in your car to provide another angle of the history of the old west.
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