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Old 09-28-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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This thread shows the Town of Alamosa (Population around 10,000), Adams State College and some mountain photos around the San Luis Valley along highway 160. All photos were taken around September 21st. The Town of Alamosa is home to Adams State College, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and a redeveloping downtown. Hope you enjoy.

Downtown Alamosa.















































Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and Depot







































Adams State College

































Wolf Creek Pass Area (Highway 160)











Treasure Falls













Fall Color





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Old 09-28-2011, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Some great pictures!
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:42 PM
 
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Those are outstanding photo's. The town shows a lot of character.

Here's a few of my pix taken in July 2008 when we rode the Rio Grande Scenic RR tourist train that goes from Alamosa to La Veta. Right across from where the train disgorged us in La Veta was a really good eatery, and we walked around and went to shops, including the old time grocery store that took me back to my childhood.



1. Great Sand Dunes National Park up in the San Luis Valley. Those dunes are up to 600 feet high and in the summer sun that sand can blister your feet. Park Rangers give escorted tours on the dunes. There's a good deal of snow melt runoff in May and June and you can wade in the ankle/shin/knee deep waters in the creek that runs between the Visitor's Center and the dunes. There are campsites for trailers and RVs there.



2. Notice the scrubby looking vegetation near the dunes. This is a low rainfall area and little grows without irrigation, though there is a good deal of potato farming in the San Luis Valley region; see the crop circles by looking at Google maps or Bing.












3. The steam train was running the day we went and we rode in the dome car to see better, where we saw Elk hanging around a marshy area. The Rio Grande River runs through the town making it further interesting.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:05 PM
 
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Great pics!!!
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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I wish people would take time to look at a map and get their facts straight before posting. The Alamosa River DOES NOT run through the town of Alamosa. The Alamosa River joins La Jara Creek just north of La Jara, CO--La Jara Creek in turn joins the Rio Grande River (which is the river that does run through Alamosa) some 12-15 miles SSE of Alamosa. In fact, where La Jara Creek joins the Rio Grande is barely even in Alamosa County.

The railroad photos were nice--I have numerous friends who either work for the San Luis & Rio Grande today, or worked for the Denver & Rio Grande Western out of Alamosa way back when. Sadly, a number of that latter group have passed on, but they were a great bunch of fellows--nearly all of them the true "old-line" Coloradans that I miss so much. My familiarity with "the Valley" goes way back.

If you want to see some train photos of Alamosa back in the "good ol' days", go here:

Alamosa to Chama
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:58 PM
 
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Well Mr Nasty, I did spend ten minutes looking for maps that showed the name of that blue line on the map, none worked for me. Only thing I found was a Wiki entry stating the town was named for the river. Close enough.
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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Very nice photos! It looks like the town how very strong Southwestern character. Nice to see that there are some very scenic towns in this state.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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Fantastic pictures everyone. It's been ages since I have had the pleasure of seeing that part of the state, seems a road trip is in order...Thanks Ragerunner and Mike
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:45 AM
 
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Well Mr Nasty, I did spend ten minutes looking for maps that showed the name of that blue line on the map, none worked for me. Only thing I found was a Wiki entry stating the town was named for the river. Close enough.
Which is why Wiki is a pretty unreliable source for accurate information, in many cases. And I don't think it's "nasty" to actually post factually correct information, especially when it is easily available with just a little cursory research using reliable sources--a concept apparently lost on many of the posters on C-D. By the way, the town of Alamosa was named by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway for the numerous cottonwood trees located along the Rio Grande River there--"alamo" being the Spanish name for cottonwood. General William Jackson Palmer's original plan was to extend the Denver & Rio Grande from Denver to Mexico City, thus the railroad fancied Spanish names for many of the towns the railroad developed in Colorado--some examples of prominent towns still around today being Salida ("exit" in Spanish, referring to the widening of the Arkansas River canyon at Salida's locale), Alamosa, and Durango (named for Durango, Mexico).
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Old 09-29-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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Most people DO try to post accurate stuff. The Wiki article was NOT in error, it was simply short on details, but whatever, thank you for the better info, I've made a correction to the original posting.
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