Tuesday November 11, 2014 * Found a perfect headboard on Craigslist for $20 on a day when I am feeling too achy and ill to go get it. Can't stop thinking about it. Probably gone * It went from sweater weather to cold and windy today. * Looked at a couple of towns in CO but they're too expensive. Crazy idea, I'd be alone and lonely. But mountains. Mountains, Gandalf!
One of the major tourist attractions of southwestern Bolivia is an antique train cemetery. It is located 1.9 miles outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports. The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century and formed a sizable community in Uyuni. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892.
Photo courtesy of Austin History Center, Austin Public Library ~ The first streetcars, pulled by teams of two or three mules, began running in January 1875, when Austin's population was only about 7,500. The mules ruled the rails until they were supplanted by Shipe's electric cars. But the mule-drawn cars had problems, too. On its inaugural journey, the first mule-drawn car -- operated by the Austin City Railroad Company, which was owned by John M. Swisher, a banker, came off the tracks and…
A Train Chugs Through the Snow Blanketing the San Juan Mountains