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DSP&P Historical Society Preservation Fund

Each new membership or renewal generates $15 to our preservation fund. We also supplement that fund with additional money as needed.

Work is underway again on restoration of the Como Roundhouse. The owner of the roundhouse, Dr. Charles Brantigan, provided this 2014 update on progress and plans for what he plans to make into a “Museum of Big Things That Move” to display DSP&PHS artifacts like boxcar 608 and the end section of DSP&P coach “Geneva” as well as the turntable, a steam-powered well drill, and other “big things that move”.

Our most important contribution to date is $25,000 toward the Como depot  restoration, presented on June 13, 2013. Donations from members, plus money from the preservation fund, enabled us to provide these matching funds and receive two large grants - $100,000 from the Colorado Department of Transportation and $188,513 from the Colorado State Historic Fund. Work began in summer 2013 to save this important structure.

We have also contributed to restoration of Denver, Leadville & Gunnison locomotive No. 191 at the Colorado Railroad Museum; Alpine Tunnel Historic Association projects; preservation of work cars at St. Elmo, Colo. and restoration of the Buena Vista depot , Colo. depot. This depot renovation is now complete and it's open to the public with displays interpreting the history of transportation in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. We have also purchased a large collection of South Park artifacts and photos, for eventual display in Como.

In June 2010, the society acquired original DSP&P boxcar no. 608, sometimes called the "Cardinal" boxcar because of its long-time use as a cottage in the remote town of Cardinal, Colo. An end section of DSP&P coach “Geneva” and an automatic link-and-pin-coupler are recent additions.

The DSP&PHS is one of the most active in railroad-related projects. Much of our work involves financial support, largely from the money from memberships and renewals that goes into the preservation fund. Additional donations can be allocated to specific categories, such as the Como depot, St. Elmo boxcars, etc., at the donor's request.

Won't you please join us in our ongoing efforts? We'd love to welcome you to our group.





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