Photographer's Note

Hello all,
the Dallas Divide is a high mountain pass in the southwestern corner of Colorado. The pass is a broad valley saddle between the San Juan Mountains to the south and the Uncompaghre Plateau to the north. The highest peak is at 8,983 ft. elevation and provides spectacular vistas for the towns of Ridgeway and Telluride. This photo was taken along the Highway 62 which is a scenic byway. Mount Sneffels can be seen on the right.
A toll road was constructed in the 1880's over the Dallas Divide linking the town of Dallas near Ridgeway to Telluride. This is called the Rio Grande Southern Railroad right of way and a few old cars can be seen at the entrance to the town of Ridgeway. I meant to take a few photos of the old cars but didn't have the time. This spot was just a flag stop along the route and the railroad called it 'The Peake'. the name being called after a dispatcher, F.W. Peake, who worked for the railroad.
There were two sidings, with a 52 car total capacity and 4 structures. It is a very steep grade up through those mountains. This is at RGS mile post 13.3.
There were so many photographers that morning all lined up against the fence.

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Additional Photos by Karen Abel (kabel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 322] (1930)
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