Remember that the train stopped every 7 -10 miles to fill up with water and every 25 miles to add coal. Since it's 35 miles to Cotopaxi it took awhile for them to get there.
I decided to take photos showing todays train so you could get an aspect as to size and distance. This is what it looks like when you leave town. These water diversion gates were not there in 1882....but the landscape was the same and the lack of trees probably the same.
These days, some of the river walls have been cemented in due to floods and erosion of the ground under the tracks. On the left is a water pipeline that did not exist in 1882.
They were told that they could farm the land and then they saw this. I just think they had to have shook their heads in wonder! I do and it's 2016!
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