Silverton and Animas Forks

September 8, 2009

We’ve visited Silverton several times over the years.  Our first visit was 1986, arriving with the kids by a late 1800s era train.  The Durango & Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad is a trip worth taking once in your life and we’ve done it twice.

3929878959_d0a3ef0dec_mOne of thing I wanted to do on this visit was to get some pictures of one of the trains as it comes out of the mountains.  I had taken photos of it before, but it was with a film camera that had developed a light leak — which we didn’t find out until after the images were developed, weeks later.

We got to the spot I wanted to take the pictures from early — and, then, a light rain started.  Though we had picnic supplies with us, we decided to get out of the rain and go get a burger.

While I didn’t get the shots I wanted, I did get quite a few good images of two different trains.

Another place we’ve been to several times is Animas Forks, an old ghost town several miles from Silverton on a mountain road.  The further you go on the road, the worse it gets.  Though we’ve gone a lot further on these roads in the past, our little SUV isn’t built to take anything much worse than the road to Animas Forks.  The roads are popular for four-wheel-drive, ATV (all terrain vehicle) and dirt bike enthusiasts.

Photos:

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Silverton RV Park

Silverton RV Park

Silverton

Silverton

Aerial trams transported more than ore.

Aerial trams transported more than ore.

Animas Forks

Animas Forks

Animas River

Animas River

Boarding house

Boarding house

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on_the_way_to_silverton

On the way to Silverton

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Aerial ore tram

Aerial ore tram

Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Animas Forks

Animas Forks

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Boarding house

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