This beautiful summer camp sits exactly ten miles north of little Lake City, CO..
It was the Benson Ranch back in the early 20th century, and our little narrow gauge train ran right in front of it (1889 to 1933) ....as I mentioned on a previous blog.
I also mentioned that Pete, pictured above, was an engineer on that train for forty four years; thirty three years on our Lake City Branch. It was common knowledge that Pete would stop and pick up fisherman along the Lake Fork River, and give them a ride home.
*Pete's grandson, on his maternal line, visited our town with his wife recently, and told another story. Seems Mrs. Benson raised chickens on that ranch. Pete would stop the train, and pick up eggs to deliver to our town. One day she was one egg short, of filling up one of those cartons,when she heard the train coming up the valley. Pete patiently waited, halting the little train smack dab in front of the ranch... until one of the chickens laid one more egg.
*portions of this article were reprinted from a recent issue of the Silverworld newspaper.