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Antique of the Week, Cog & Wheel – 1.8.2014

Happy 2014!! With each new year, it’s only natural to reflect on the past as we look forward to the future. We all tend to reminisce on all the memorable moments and smile at how far we’ve come in 12 short (or long, depending on how you look at it) months. We look at the year’s resolutions and laugh at the ones we didn’t stick with and always vow to be better the next year. Sometimes, we too, sing praises for a chance to start again and to bid the past year goodbye. We look ahead to new days and think back to the ones that got us here.

We are beyond grateful for a blessed 2013. We are thankful for each day, each victory and each challenge. We are thankful for another year to continue growing and to continue learning about the past and moving forward into the future.

Looking into things of the past, one of our favorite and more often commented on antiques in the store is the cog and wheel from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Did you know that the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is the highest in the world? The railway officially began operating and taking groups of tourists (the first being a Denver church choir) to the top of the summit on June 30th, 1891. In the 1930s we were introduced to gas and diesel powered locomotives, during which time six more railcars were added to the fleet, which were widely used until the early 1960s, when the modern train used now, the Swiss Train, was presented. Adding over ten more railcars over the years, the trains have accommodated the increase in tourism. What before could be a tour for only 50 people, was now able to carry up to 200!

We think the cog and wheel could make for a fun end table, but maybe you have a different idea in mind? Nonetheless, we think this is one part of the past that belongs in the here and now. It’s these special pieces of history that make for great story-telling. In this new year, may you have countless blessings and many good stories.