Strokes from other pens
The following is a reprint of an article printed in The Haxtun-Fleming Herald, originally written by Thomas Horobik in 1996. Haxtun resident Carol Scheel asked that it be shared again.
February 19, 2020
Boom town of the railroad
Highway 6 provides today’s corridor through northeastern Colorado, but a century ago it was the railroad that showed the way west. The Burlington & Missouri Railroad laid tracks across the width of Phillips and Logan counties, creating a need for towns to service the line. Those wilderness enclaves were spaced every eight to 10 miles because that’s what the trains needed.
Some of these railroad towns still exist while others have disappeared. The Never-Ending Journey has visited four of these survivors in the past month, Paoli, Haxtun, Dailey and Fleming...