Description

    Silverton Railroad: Rainbow Route Silver Pass. This 1.25" x 1.5" fob depicts a train running through a wooded mountain valley. Blue-enamel "banners" at top and bottom are inscribed "Rainbow Route Silverton Railroad". A rainbow appears overhead, with pink, blue and yellow enamel. On verso: "Pass/ J. La Barthe./ Complimentary/ Until Dec. 31st 1890./ Otto Mears/ President/ No. 543". 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, he 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. Passes of this type are rarely, if ever, offered at public auction. There are several Silverton flat-type passes known to exist at museums in Colorado. This is considered one of the top western railroad passes. It is in excellent condition, but lacks the loop at top.


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Miscellaneous Collectibles, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Nov-Dec, 2011
    30th-1st Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 857

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 April 7 Americana & Political - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 October 19 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2017 October 19 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $964,904