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The new town of Lamar, Colorado, was named for the United States Secretary of the Interior, Lucias Quintas Cincinnatus Lamar.
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Raephy McDowell as a grown woman.
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“Smells good, doesn't it, Mr. William Barstow Strong?"  Raephy ran her dust cloth around the black and white drawing of the president of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.
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Amos Black objected to a town being developed around Blackwell Station which was on his ranch.  Others disagreed.
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Jordon Wheeler was one of the railroaders who moved Blackwell Station.  Interviewed in 1956 when he was ninety-three years old, Jordon Wheeler said, "The call-boy called me for a work train with engine number 345.  That night we got orders to proceed to Blackwell (Station).  We got there at 11:55 Saturday night.  Ed Marshall, Superintendent, was on the work train.  He got off and wakened all the men in the work cars.  Shorty after 12:01 a.m. all those men were out there with shovels, picks, jacks and blocks, getting the station ready to move. "The station was a two-story frame building.  After much effort they finally got it loaded on flat cars which were part of the train.  The people who were living in the upper story--- telegraph operator, I guess--remained right there.  After all the necessary buildings and equipment was loaded we proceeded to Lamar."  
Photos: Click images to enlarge. 1- Lucias Quintas Cincinnatus Lamar 2- Jordon Wheeler 3- William Barstow Strong 4- Raephy McDowell as a grown woman 5- Amos Black 1 1 2 2 4 4 5 5 3 3