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    Rainbow Route, Silverton Railroad Co. Sterling Silver Pass Watch Fob, 1890. A rare pass, embossed on silver, that has the company's Rainbow Route logo in blue enamel at top. It depicts a train running through a valley above an enameled Silverton Railroad logo. On verso: Pass/ J. W. Winkfield/ Complimentary/ until Dec. 31st 1890/ Otto Mears/ President/ No. 581". Passes of this type are rarely, if ever, offered at public auction especially this type. There are several Silverton Sterling flat-type passes known to exist at various museums in Colorado. This is considered one of the top western railroad passes known. A rare opportunity.

    Otto Mears became involved in the transportation business due to the lack of an easy way to get wheat from Saguache to the markets. In 1870, Mears decided to build a toll wagon road. The Territory of Colorado granted a charter, Mears formed the Poncha Pass Wagon Road Co. The road was built over Poncha Pass to the Arkansas Valley. The company was a success, allowing to Mears to build other toll roads. The Silverton Railroad was organized in 1887 and continued in operation until 1920. Mears also formed the Rio Grande Southern, which operated until 1952. Otto Mears issued unique rail passes for his lines.

    Condition: Fine-very fine, some wear, couple of small chips in enamel.

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    January, 2009
    23rd-25th Friday-Sunday
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