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Joe, Mike and Ida Peep discuss their family’s Italian heritage, the history of their pioneer family in Fruita, and life as young people in Western Colorado. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Federal marshal and early Mesa County lawman. He was the sheriff of Gunnison County in the late 1800's, and at one time had Alfred "Alferd" Packer in jail. Before he worked as a sheriff, he was a railroad detective for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. After retiring, he moved to Mesa County and always wore a gun.
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Frank Wright talks about his career working for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in Gunnison and Grand Junction, Colorado. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Dudley W. Mitchell discusses his family history, early Colorado mining days, and his various jobs working for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad over fifty years. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Helen and Marion Bowman describe the early days of Mesa County: including school life and the rivalry between Grand Junction and Fruita High Schools, the social scene, and the D&RG Railroad. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Robert Evans discusses his many years working for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as a machinist, and recounts various railroad accidents. He also talks about his time playing baseball on various semipro teams, and on local teams in Grand Junction, Colorado. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Gwendolyn McKee talks about the history of her family in Colorado, about working with her mother in Salida hotels, and about her education at Denver’s East High School and at the then Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. She also discusses her father’s career on the railroad and the prominence of the railroad as an employer in Salida. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries,...
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Frank Wright talks about his career as a coal boy, firemen, and engineer for the railroad. He also discusses the history of narrow gauge and standard lines in Western Colorado, a railroad strike in which his father was involved, and dealing with snow slides along the tracks. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society....
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Dudley Mitchell talks about his jobs as car distributor, bill clerk and chief clerk for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. He also discusses Grand Junction’s local mines and mining-related railroads. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society.
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Frances Felicia Mendicelli describes her immigration to the United States from Italy, settling in Grand Junction, Colorado, her early education in both Italy and Mesa County, and learning English. She also talks about Christmas, food and tradition in her Italian American family, and about her father’s job as a railroad section foreman and life in a railroad family. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration...
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Dorothy Evans discusses growing up in Collbran, Colorado and receiving her business degree from the Hoel-Ross Business College in Grand Junction. She describes the social life in Grand Junction in and around Main Street, and recalls details about the prominent members of Mesa County, railroad workers, local business owners, and characters who lived and worked in the area. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration...
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Hubert R. Gallagher discusses his father’s career on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, early 20th Century life in Grand Junction, and his own career in the Federal Government. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Dudley Mitchell discusses his childhood in Leadville during the early Twentieth century, and historic mines and railroads in the Leadville area. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries and the Museums of Western Colorado.
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Dudley Mitchell talks about the history of his family in Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield Counties, and his acquaintance with Democratic politicians, including Ed Taylor. He also talks about his boyhood spent in Cardiff, Colorado, and about his career working on the railroad. The interview was conducted by the Mesa County Oral History Project, a collaboration of Mesa County Libraries, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society....
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View of Rock Creek Canyon showing the Moffatt railroad grade at upper right. "This two and one half miles of railroad track with tunnels No. 45, 46, 47, 48 and the big bridge across the creek was considered the costliest piece of grade on the railroad. A high bridge across the canyon in the foreground could have eliminated all this costly construction and maintenance and such a bridge was contemplated, but steel for the structure was unobtainable...
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He was born in California and became a Mesa County, Colorado pioneer. In the early 1880's, he arrived in Fruita, Colorado on the narrow gauge railroad. Then he took a job with the Thompson brothers, who had a cattle ranching outfit on Pinon Mesa. Later, he moved to Whitewater where he ran his own ranching operation. Father of Darwin Burford.
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He was born in Fort Scott, Kansas and came to Salida, Colorado. He was in Mesa County, Colorado by 1907, when he married Luella (Peart) Peacock in Grand Junction. The 1910 U.S. Census shows him working as a freight conductor, and his daughter Gwendolyn (Peacock) McKee confirmed that he worked for the railroad.
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An Italian immigrant and farmer who settled in the Loma and Fruita areas in the early Twentieth century. He came in 1885 as a railroad worker for D&RG, replacing the narrow gauge line with a broader one. He then purchased land, built homes, and returned to Italy to meet and marry Angelina Pepe, a woman from the village of Vailo, in an arranged marriage. He returned with her to Mesa County in 1904.
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He was born in Italy and came to the United States in order to marry Susie Mendicelli in an arranged marriage. They lived in Pueblo where her family was, and then settled in Grand Junction, Colorado. He had been an officer in the Italian Army, where he was paid 3 cents a day. He worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad as a stationary engineer, for the Public Service Company, the Uintah Railway, the Juanita Flour Mill, and the Mendicelli Bakery....
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A railway line the Gilson Manufacturing Company created that ran from Crevasse, Colorado (later known as Mack, Colorado) to Black Dragon in order to mine natural asphalt from the Black Dragon uintaite vein. According to Mesa County History Project interviewee Harry Sylvester Godby, the railroad served as the postal service for the route, delivering to mailboxes along the way. A passenger could board the train by waiting at one of the mailboxes...