Ophir, CO Snowslide, Feb 1897


Woman Narrowly Escapes Death

Denver, Feb. 20.-- A special to the News from Telluride, Colo., says; A monster snowslide came down this afternoon and demolished Ophir station, on the Rio Grande Southern railroad between Rico and Vance Junction, with four loaded freight cars and four empty ones standing on the side track.

Agent E. L. Gamble had his ankle severely sprained and Mrs. Gamble was badly bruised. She was knocked under a table over which timbers fell, which probably saver her life.

The depot is a complete wreck. Snow and debris is piled up on the main and side tracks near the site of the depot 50 feet in depth by 500 feet in width.

Idaho Statesman, Boise City, ID 21 Feb 1897