The California Zephyr

The California Zephyr (HM29C8)

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 Garfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 33.62', W 107° 17.454'

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Glenwood Canyon inspired the finest hour in American rail travel. During World War II a railroad official rode through here in the cab of a diesel freight locomotive. The view from the panoramic windshield so impressed him that he began steps to rig cars with glass domes so all passengers might share his experience of the canyon. His vision led to the 1949 opening of the California Zephyr - a spectacular passenger line between Chicago and San Francisco. Five of the Zephyr's eleven cars were equipped with "Vista-Domes," raised glass-top roofs which allowed riders a panoramic view of the Colorado Rockies. The all too soon, the Zephyr—America's great "national asset"—fell victim to a more hurried age. Its last 2,532 mile run came on March 22, 1970.
HM NumberHM29C8
Placed ByThe Colorado Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 303191 N 4381467
Decimal Degrees39.56033333, -107.29090000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 33.62', W 107° 17.454'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 33' 37.2" N, 107° 17' 27.24" W
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Area Code(s)970
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Glenwood Springs CO 81601, US
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