Mine Rescue Car

After finishing our business at a cemetery in Pueblo, CO last week, we drove past this antique Pullman railroad car. The Better Half managed to capture the (clickable) image above.

I did some research on line and found that this car was used in the first half of the 20th century by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. as a training venue for mine rescue operations:

CF&I Mine Rescue Car No. 1 is believed to be the only remaining wooden Mine Rescue Car in the United States. Between 1923 and 1941 this converted Pullman railroad car was used as a training vehicle for mine emergency procedures and first-aid triage techniques. After retiring the car it was used as a company office in the steel mill. Exhibits inside the car relate to mine rescue and mine safety.

The railroad car is located in the Steelworks Park currently under construction:

Originally envisioned as an integrated landscaped campus, the Steelworks Park is the first step in accomplishing this vision for the 5.7 acre former 1901 CF&I Administrative Complex. With generous funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and The LeVert Hoag Foundation, the park will be located adjacent to Interstate 25 in our north parking lot. It will feature shaded landscaping with seating and a variety of industrial artifacts, including Mine Rescue Car No. 1, a Davenport locomotive used in the Allen Coal Mine, a large ladle used for pouring steel, two coal carts, and a variety of other artifacts.

When my brothers and I were kids, we visited Pueblo several times where our Grandmother and an aunt and uncle lived. On one of those trips, our uncle, who was an employee of CF&I took us on a public tour of the Steel Mill and its facilities.

More about the Steelworks Museum at the link.