Day 19-21 Durango, Colorado   Leave a comment

Our drive to Durango was such an easy day. JUST 48 MILES! That evening, we had a pot luck “Mardi Gras Margarita” Party.

Afterwards, we had “A” gift for our guests. The only think is, THEY had to get the package opened.

WITH WORK GLOVES ON!

And we have a winner!

After a night of rain, some of us had waterfront property.

Bill helped to rescue a few so that we could head down to Durango for our bus/train tour of Silverton. We took a bus from Durango to Silverton and had a wonderful bus driver who acted as our tour guide.

We arrived in Silverton about 11:30 a.m. which gave us plenty of time to shop and eat lunch.

The photo on the bottom left is Silverton’s first and oldest recorded bordello, purchased Sept. 16, 1878. By the end of 1880 it was one of the five buildings in the two blocks later to become “Notorious Blair Street” the core of the red light district. At its peak, Blair Street housed some 40 bordellos, saloons and boarding houses. Blair Street ran 24 hours a day. At night the uproar of music, singing, gambling, and drinking was horrendous. The Red Light Era died out in the early 1950s.

Everyone recommended “Handlebars” for lunch, which is where our whole group headed. What a great local place. All around the bar are pictures of their handlebar mustache patrons. While you dine, you can spend the entire time looking at all the artifacts they have collected. Not only is it an interesting place to visit, the food and service was excellent.

Handlebars not only has good food, but there is plenty of things to peak your interests while you wait.

Now what do you think Teri and Jon are looking at?

It could be the trouser trout (pictured below left) or the Colorado Fur Trout (picture below right)

To catch the train back to Durango, we do not need to walk to the train station. The train backs up into town and loads in the middle of town! I think it’s the only train that doesn’t load at the station.

We were scheduled to ride back to Durango on a historical steam train the Durango & Silverton Railroad. The train tracks were completed in 1882 to haul silver and gold ore from the mountains, but it was soon realized that the view was truly precious. This scenic line has been in continuous operation ever since. The train has to make the 4% grade up the mountain and I can tell you it is slow going! We were so glad we took the bus from Durango up to Silverton and rode the train back. Even going downhill, it took us 3 ½ hours!

Just before arriving into Durango, we were greeted by the “locals” daily tradition

The conductor said we got a real treat. Rarely do they greet the train on a cool day, in the rain, in a raft!

The train dropped us off in downtown Durango where we decided to take a look at one of the older hotels, The Strater Hotel, built in 1887.

On our free day, we decided not to take a motorcycle ride as it looked like rain. Glad we didn’t because the skies opened up midmorning for the rest of the day.

Posted September 17, 2013 by carolnbill in Travel

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