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Ghost train track tours this weekend

The owners of the properties threatened by the Greeley pipeline project are offering free tours to the public this weekend.

Lost Fort Collins blog has written about the pipeline a couple times here and here. But here’s the short version:

Greeley is planning to run a new 60″ water pipe from its town, 30 miles east of Fort Collins, to the Greeley treatment plant in the foothills west of Fort Collins.

While Greeley has other pipelines from the treatment plant, the routes have since been allowed to be developed. The city’s current plan for part of its new route is to use eminent domain to use farm land owned by two preservationists who have turned down numerous developers over the years. While Greeley officials have said the the pipeline will only dig up “hayfields,” it is in fact threatening some beautiful historic and natural riparian areas, including the remains of a 100-year-old train line, bridges, and old stonework irrigation channels.

The owners of the Bellvue properties invite you to see for yourself.

When?

Saturday October 3, 2009 at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm.

Sunday October 4, 2009 at 1 pm and 4 pm.

Where?

Meet at 2405  N. Overland Trail.

Expect to walk a couple miles through brush and across railroad bridges (I had to have someone hold my hand to get across the railroad bridge).  I recommend you bring some water and a camera.

The Greeley Salt Lake & Pacific tracks run along the Poudre River, northwest of Fort Collins, CO.

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