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Saw Mill and Freight Cars

Freight cars stand on the side track serving the sawmill in Durango, Colorado, in 1951. It was located a mile south of the Durango station near the Animas River and the narrow-gauge tracks. The 687 foot spur was built in 1946 to serve J. Stacey and J. Weidman. The mill shipped lumber until the tracks were abandoned. John Hudspeth (1908-93) of Oregon acquired in the Wiedman mill in the early 1970s. It was shutdown, auctioned off, and dismantled by 1983.
Source Fred Springer Collection
Coverage Spatial, Durango, Colorado; Temporal, June 25, 1951
Rights Center for Railroad Photography & Art
Date Created 1951-06-25
Resource Type
Extent 2-1/4 in. by 3-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Durango, Colorado
Creator Description Fred Springer grew up in Houston, Texas, graduated in engineering from Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri, and worked for Mobil Oil Corporation and subsidiary companies. His rail photographs from the early 1940's until 1963 were largely Texas and the Southwest U.S. including New Mexico and Colorado. He had three tours of duty in the New York City headquarters, 1963-67, 1968-76, and 1983-85, at which time he retired and moved back to Texas. After retirement he and his wife, Dale, traveling the world by train, visiting almost every country in South America and Europe plus South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Syria, Australia, and New Zealand . When he lived in Texas he made many trips to Mexico when steam was still alive in the 1960's and 70's.
Collection Fred Springer Collection
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