Guests at the historic Cliff House in Manitou Springs were turned out of their beds in the early hours of the morning to news of evacuation orders. Manitou is the home of the Cog Wheel Route, the Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway, along with many unmarked and marked artifacts of the Rio Grande and the Colorado Midland Railroads as well as it's successor, the Midland Terminal Railway that have survived up to now. Hopefully, the evacuations are just a precaution. The test will come later this morning when the winds pick up. If the worst happens, it wouldn't be a tragedy to lose artifacts or equipment. The real tragedy would be if human lives are lost. People are irreplaceable.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Manitou Springs Evacuation Ordered
Dispatcher: Steve Walden, editor Departure Time: 04:41
Tags: Colorado Midland Railway, Denver and Rio Grande Western, Fire, Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway, wildfire
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The evacuation order has been lifted for Manitou Springs, but US 24 is closed just west of town west to Woodland Park. A map by the Colorado Springs Gazette shows the current spread of the fire as well as evacuation zones in effect.ReplyDelete