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COLORADO MIDLAND RAILROAD, DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILROAD, UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD gold pass 1890
Oh, yes, a gold pass! Doesn’t mean you’re entitled to cut the ski line at Vail or Aspen, or even Crested Butte. But owning this is definitely owning a true rarity.
C’mon! It’s 1890.
And it’s gold.
Well, a lot of it is gold.
Just how often have you seen an historical Colorado railroad artifact like this?
So, this is what this golden artifact represents:
Free transportation to the TOURIST PROTECTION ASSOCIATION Convention in Denver, Colorado, in 1890;
On the following railroads:
THE DENVER & RIO GRANDE RAILROAD
THE COLORADO MIDLAND RAILROAD
& THE UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD.
And just what was the TOURIST PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (TPA)?
It was an association of railroad station agents and other railroad employees. And, as with so many of these organizations, benefits included insurance. Health, injury, support for widows, employee protection and benefits. So, in 1890, the TPA held a convention in Denver, Colorado to conduct the official business of the association. Certain station agents on the aforementioned railroads were issued silver passes; however, a few select ones received gold passes. The silver TPA passes show up on today’s collector’s market on a rare occasion. The gold TPA is beyond-belief scarce. But here’s your chance ….
Dimensions: 3-1/4 inches in width; 2 inches in height
Gold content: 55 – 60%
Condition: near fine; some light abrasions; otherwise, brilliant, clean, and highly impressive.