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Ophir Station: 1940

Ophir Station: 1940

September 1940. "Railway station at Ophir, Colorado, a small gold mining town. A narrow-gauge railway runs into the town with supplies and takes out the ore." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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There's a whole book on resident station agents

See "Living in the Depot".

According to family history, my grandfather was born in the station where his father worked. That structure still exists (Wimmers station, now in Hamlin, Pennsylvania), but I'm not sure there were living quarters above the station.

-T h a t-

Old RR Joke: Railroad crossing, look out for the cars. How do you spell that without any R's?

Gold from Ophir wasn't good enough for Bach

In the epiphany cantata number 65,"Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen" (They will all come from Sheba), the bass sings "Gold aus Ophir ist zu schlecht" (Gold from Ophir is too bad, away with such vain gifts). Of course, this Ophir isn't the subject, but the original Biblical location that was the source of much of Solomon's wealth. Bach's librettist seems to believe the king that brought gold to the manger came from there.

Iconic view

This is -the iconic photo- of -the iconic Colorado Narrow Gauge railroad-, the Rio Grande Southern. Lots of people have produced models of this scene.

That's actually a mining tipple behind the station, it's a separate building.

A First

As a former B&B carpenter on the Milwaukee Railroad, this is a first for me -- seeing curtains on a depot. Upstairs apparently living quarters for the station agent, another first.

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