A WrightEd Online Lecture Series
The four sessions will look in depth at five railroads that operated in Ouray, San Juan and San Miguel Counties: the Ouray Branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad which ran from Montrose down to Ouray, the Rio Grande Southern Railroad which ran from Ridgway to Durango, the Silverton Railroad which ran from Silverton north over Red Mountain pass down into the Ironton Valley, the Silverton Gladstone and Northerly that ran from Silverton north to Gladstone, and the Silverton Northern Railroad that ran east from Silverton to Animas Forks. The class will also look at the history of the Ridgway Railroad Museum and its half-mile loop railroad.
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Don Paulson lives in Ouray and is curator of the Ouray County Museum. He has written many articles and given numerous talks on southwestern Colorado history. He recently published Images of the Mountain West in Photography and Poetry with his wife Beth. He has also published Mines, Miners, and Much More; Peaks of the Uncompahgre; and Narrow Gauge Railroading in the San Juan Triangle. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ouray County Historical Society, the Ridgway Railroad Museum and the Trust for Land Restoration. Previously Don was Professor of Chemistry at California State University, Los Angeles for 36 years. Don enjoys nature photography, model railroading, hiking, and jeeping in the San Juan Triangle.