Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

All aboard the Prairie Dog Express


Courtesy of Rodney and Maxine Soppe

A steam locomotive pulls its consist across a trestle crossing at Crow Creek west of Carpenter. This was a popular picnic area at the time.

During the years before and through the 1950s, a train ran daily from Cheyenne o Sterling, Colorado. The train would run one direction one day and return the following day.

The route included the town of Arcola, which no longer exists, and was northwest of Carpenter.

Arcola had a water tower to provide water for the steam engine. The route continued to Carpenter, then on to Hereford and then to Grover, Colo. From there, it went to New Raymer, past the Pawnee Buttes and Stoneman, then to Sterling.

Several of these towns had depots for passenger transportation. The depot at Grover is still st...

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