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Reflections: Rumors of railroad coming to Encampment


100 years ago

July 10, 1913

Colorado Northern

Persistent rumor that there is more behind the big project than first gleamed.

It is now an assured fact that French capitalists are on the ground at Hayden, Colorado, looking over the proposed project in which they expect invest some $28,000,000.00. This project looked at first to be a little out of keeping at this time but closer investigation proves that there is indeed a big movement on foot that is beginning to assume into a possibility.

The proposition is to build a railroad some 170 miles in length to connect the Moffat line at Hayden coming up into the anthracite coal fields in California park, on the Continental divide, and thence over to Encampment taking in the S&E and connecting with the UP at Walcott, and on up to Casper to connect with Burlington and Northwestern roads. This will give three transcontinental connections to supply coal to every part of the western states and to any east or west, and to Casper, where they connect with the Northwestern and Burlington, they can ship east, north or south reaching other big consuming points.

In connection with the coal, they will, or intend to acquire, some hard rock mineral producing mines as well as to take considerable interest at Casper in the oil fields. Besides, the road will open up a big shipping territory. Taking it all in all , this is certainly a big scheming , but a very certain paying one if ever put into operation.

75 years ago

Aug. 11, 2013

Pioneer of county dies

J.E. Grooman, of Saratoga, and Jacob Grooman, of Medicine Bow, left last evening Hobart, Wash., in response to a message telling of the death of their father, John Grooman. Mr. Grooman Sr. passed away yesterday morning at the age of 79. His death climaxed several weeks of illness.

John Grooman was a pioneer in Carbon County. He was born in Finland and came to the United States at about 1880. In 1886 he settled in the old town of Carbon, and for the next 40 years was a steady resident of this county. Several years ago, he moved with his wife to Washington, where they purchased farmland and where they had made their home since.

Mr. Grooman is survived by his wife and 10 children, four of whom make their home in Wyoming. …

50 years ago

Aug. 8, 1963

Grand opening of new Saratoga Lanes Aug. 15-16

The grand opening of the Saratoga Lanes on Thursday and Friday will feature special instruction and tips on bowling by Ann Lee Cowart of the American Mache and Foundry Co. staff of champions.

A bowing instructress since 1955, Mrs. Cowart won the Los Angeles Women’s Bowling Assn. doubles title with Dot Albright in 1960, was a member of the team champions of the LA Women’s Bowling Assn. in 1960 and was a semi-finalist in the BPAA All-Star tournament in 1959. She also won the Denver Women’s Bowling Assn. All-Events title and the Colorado Women’s Bowling Assn. doubles title with Trudy Todd, both this year. She is a resident of Ft. Collins, Colo.

The grand opening will include a two-day bowling school, Richard Bucholz, proprietor, said and full details on league play will be available. Free coffee, cake and doughnuts will be served from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Saratoga Lanes will be open seven days a week afternoons and evenings.

25 years ago

Aug. 10, 1988

The 1988 Carbon County Fair officially got underway Monday when County students and adults entered into completion in various categories. Highlighting Monday’s activities was the public style review and presentation of awards for some of the judging events last week,

Horse judging, clothing construction, 4-H interviews and style review judging were held last week and winners of the events were presented with awards following the public style review Monday night. …

Earlier in the day on Monday, entries for open class categories were taken from county residents. Fair activities continued Tuesday with entries being taken for open class dog show followed by the open and junior dog shows. Additionally on Tuesday, entries were taken for 4-H and open rabbit, 4-H and open small animals and 4-H and open poultry. Judging of the above classes was held Tuesday afternoon while the judging of the open class entries was conducted earlier on Tuesday. Highlighting Tuesday’s activities was the Dan Seals Show Tuesday night.


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