Baking in the relentless desert sun on
U.S. Highway 6, south of I-70 near the
border is the crusty railroad town of Cisco,
looking like something out of a scary movie, where a driver’s car
breaks down, and he or she disappears forever, this now quiet town was
not always so.
Cisco began as a much needed watering stop
for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad 's steam engines in the
1880s. Slowly, a town grew up around the railroad station that
primarily supported the nearby cattle ranchers and sheep herders. With
the railroad, the settlement quickly became a provisioning and
shipping center for the livestock who ranged in the nearby Book
Cliffs. In fact, at the turn of the century over 100,000 head of sheep
were sheared here, before being shipped to market.
On the main railroad line
from Grand Junction,