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Colorado railroad history comes to life … sort-of

You might not expect tales of the colorful history of Colorado’s frontier past to make it all the way to Australia, but they have ” and they’ve served as the inspiration for a series of children’s picture books featuring a slightly fictionalized version of the Central Rockies as its setting.

Our friends at the Glenwood Railroad Museum passed us along a copy of the first of the series, “The Rocky Mountain Railroad and the Runaway Caboose,” created by author Glenn Brooks of Victoria, Australia, and Alaskan-born illustrator Matthew Lehman, who lives in Perth, Western Australia.

The two authors have blended together a number of real-life Colorado locations (setting it in 1880s Grand River), using photos of areas like the Toltec Gorge, the Animas Canyon and Ophir as their backdrops for the illustrations.

For those interested, the book is available at the Glenwood Railroad Museum, which is open daily (except Tuesday) from noon to 4 p.m. and located at 413 7th St. Call 945-7044 for more information.

Recent marriages

Bobby Keith Newton and Yadira Salazar Garcia, of Big Spring, Texas, Feb. 18, 2004

Robert Louis Healy Jr. and Joan Margrethe Hollerbach, of Glenwood Springs, Feb. 14, 2004

Johnny Lee Drum and Pamela June Brock, of Glenwood Springs, Feb. 14, 2004

Recent births

Adam Landon Gair, son of Todd and Christy Gair of Aurora, was born March 8, 2004, at Skyridge Hospital in Lone Tree. Adam weighted 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 193⁄4 inches long at birth. His proud grandparents are Ron and Carol Gair of Glenwood Springs and Gary and Bonnie Wallingford of Platte City, Mo. Adam also has a 3-year-old brother Luke Henry Gair. His great-grandmother is Delpha Gair of Byers. His great-grandfather is Robert Pundt of Carbondale.

Caleb Thomas Gaylord, son of Chris and Cristin Gaylord of New Castle, was born on Feb. 18, 2004, at Valley View Hospital. Caleb was 7 pounds, 1 ounce and 193⁄4 inches at birth. His proud grandparents are B.J. and Tom Ferraro and Emily and Bil Gaylord. Caleb and his parents are so happy and doing wonderfully.

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