Another train blockade


Editor's note: Longtime Pilot & Today columnist Jean Wren, who compiled The Way it Was, has died. Her contributions will be sorely missed. The Pilot & Today will be reprinting a selection of Jean's previous columns.

Jan. 17, 1923

Another chapter in the long history of misfortune of the Moffat road was added Sunday when the bridge across Bull Creek burned, interrupting through traffic. Officials estimate that it will take until Jan. 16, at least, to rebuild the structure, and it may be another week before it can be put to use.

A number of Northwestern stockmen suffered much inconvenience by being held up by the blockade. They were on the way to Denver with a trainload of cattle and hogs which left Steamboat Saturday night and arrived at Bull Creek to find the bridge burning. Among them were J.L. Norvell, Warren Rider and Ben Bradley.

It was necessary to build chutes for unloading the stock which then had to be driven on a hastily constructed trail down a gulch 100 feet deep and up the other side to be loaded on a stub train for the final lap to Denver.

Very cold indeed

Passengers arriving on Tuesday morning's train brought reports of extremely cold weather in Middle Park, just across the Gore range from Routt County. At Tabernash the temperature Sunday night is said to have been 58 below zero, while the temperature in Steamboat Springs was not quite 20 below. Sunday night, when the train was passing through Tabernash, it was 47 below zero.

Young jumpers

keep hill busy

The boys are practicing regularly at the ski course and are doing some good work. At the last meet in Class A, Jesse Poulson was first with 222.5 points.

Hollis Merrill came in second with 220 points and Chub Davis was third with 219 points.

In Class B, Conrad Merrill was first with 150 points, Wright Peabody second with 148 points and Sebastian Studer third with 105 points.

In Class C, Bill Cullen was first, Glen Hanks third and Phillip Fick fourth.

In the Colorado state tourney held at Gennessee mountain on Sunday, Steamboat Springs amateurs placed well, with Covert Hopkins setting a new record and Murphy Combs close behind. Later, the two lads came down the slide at a terrific speed, hand-in-hand, and landed gracefully to the applause of 5,000 spectators.

Other interesting


The dwelling occupied by C. Elmer Margerum in Yampa was entirely destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. Very little of the household goods were saved. The house was on the west side of the block on which are located the Bank of Yampa and the Yampa Hall.

Peter Stanko of the South Side neighborhood was among those who left Saturday for Denver to attend the Stock Show.

A large number of the Woodmen of the World enjoyed the program at last night's meeting. A series of boxing matches was the principal attraction.

Robert Mulkey left last Saturday morning for Baltimore, Md., to accept a position as jockey with a big string of racing horses. He begins with a good salary to which a substantial addition will be made each season.

A radio set has been installed in the home of M.M. Burch in Hayden.

In Twentymile, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dorr and baby of Cow Creek spent Monday at the home of the Arthur Schupps.

Miss Margaret Love has returned from a visit with her sister, Mrs. Willis Green, at Powell, Wyo. She arrived on the Tuesday train, being one of the passengers on the first train to transfer at the burned bridge and experienced a very tiresome trip, being 22.5 hours on the road from Denver to Steamboat.

Milton Fick returned Tuesday from a visit of a couple of weeks at Tabernash, his former home, and he is again with his brother, L.C. Fick, in his blacksmith shop.


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