Journal of 1872 (April 30th to Oct 25) continued…
May 27thArrived at Denver at 8 oclock in the morning took the buss for the hotel had breakfast then started off again for Colorado Springs which was 100 miles from Denver went on a narrow gauge. Mr Thomas had the conductor put a flat car on the end of the train then got six chairs and lashed them together so we had an observation car of our own. The scenery was grand had a good view of the mountains also Pikes Peak all covered with snow and the sun shimmering on it made it look grand indeed. We passed one Mount which was called Castel Rock or Peaks It derived its name from there being some rocks on the top which resembled an old castle. About two oclock a man was seen waiving his hand and standing on the track the train stopped and he came up and said the bridge ahead was burned very badly so the train had to run back to a little town and get lumber and men went back to the bridge then they run(?) the train about one mile back and stopped then some of the Party got out and walked around. Meanwhile a very large and black cloud had been coming up and all of a sudden it commenced hailing it was a regular Rocky mountain hail storm the stones are as large as my fist. Mr Thomas and Eddie are out in all of it some of the men say that the embankment is washed away ahead of us I can tell you the prospects are rather dubious but nevertheless we are gay and full of fun. The engine had gone on ahead! Well here were are again the engine has returned and the rest of the party they brought some bread and butter which was very acceptable as were very hungry and no signs of getting anything else very soon. Well were on the move again but more(?) rather slow. This is the first passenger train that ever went over this road. We arrived at Colorado Springs about six oclock took buss from the Hotel got out rooms mine was no 14 Washed and dressed had supper then we walked arround didn’t go to bed until 10 oclock my bed was as hard as a board.
Nettie and her traveling companions would have gotten off the Union Pacific line and probably onto the Denver and Rio Grande Railway here.
They may have taken the Montezuma:
They definitely took this path on the “narrow gauge“, which was easier and cheaper to put down in the mountains,
They passed by Castle Rock and the station seen here only 2 years earlier:
After some initial problems on the tracks (Fire! and Hail!) they arrived at the newly built Colorado Springs Hotel. 1872 marked the first hotel in Colorado Springs. It was called the Colorado Springs Hotel and built at the corner of Cascade and Pikes Peak. It was billed as the “most elegant hostelry between Chicago and San Francisco”. It had two stories , dormer windows and a porch across the entire front.
Here is the clipping from the Weekly Gazette that announces the entire party’s arrival:
Of course the elegance was trumpeted by the PR guy, William E. Pabor, publicist and secretary of the Colorado Springs Company…Nettie reported her bed to be “hard as a board”. I guess both things could be true.