Ice Palace

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Ice Palace - takes on back to the days described by Scott...
takes on back to the days described by Scott and others The effect is of massive architectural beauty it being of the old Norman schot its greatest length is 450 feet and its greatest width is 350 feet Over 8000 tons of ice were used in Its construction At the front guarding the main entrance is a massive female figure representing the glorification of Leadville She stands facing the north and one arm points to the eastern hills while in the other hand is held a scroll bearing the legend 5207000000 these being the figures which represent the metallic wealth produced by the camp since the days of the first strike and which was of as much importance to the world as the discovery of gold in old man Sutters mill race in I California the erstwhile Golden state but whose crown has lately been snatched away by her younger I and more vigorous sister Crorado The main chamber of the palace is a skating rink covered by fifteen thousand square feet of solid ice On the east 4s a ball room and on the west a cafe all brilliantly lighted by half a hundred arc lights producing all the layS of the rainbow and aided by at least a thousand incandescent lights which shine forth from everywhere yes even from the center of solid blocks of Ice The effect produced by the electric appliances is most pleasing and is spectacular to a degree that is soul satisfying 7 Around the rink are many pieces of Colorado Accompanying the Utah press gang was General Passenger Agent Wad leigh and Traveling Passenger Agent W J Ridd The genial Billy Ridd had a mission to perform i e to take out and bring back the party and it goes without saying that he did it right royally he was the right man in the right place the Western can be congratulated for having such men on its pay rolls THE ROUTE We ensconced ourselves comfortably in the chair car leaving this city and for hours conversation ran smoothly the while first class iron steed whisked us on through the night at a rate rapid in the extreme what did it matter Werent we on one of the smoothest and best road beds in the country That we were and at perfect ease When the dial of time pointed to five times in the morning we were pulling Into Grand Junction and our chair car was switched to the Midland train our prescribed route was over that line going and the Denver Rio Grande returning allowing us to drink in enchanting and weirdly grand scenery both ways And we did drink of 1 the scenery The train wound on and up over the Midland bringing into view more freely natures wondrous panorama of peaks canyons gorges and quaint cliffs the whole livened up by steady ascent that kept the onlooker in a fever of pleasurable anticipation But all this was buried in a thoughtful silence when the crest of the great ridge was neared the train pulling into the rockribbed bowels of the earthno not exactly that its the Continued on page 2

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  1. The Salt Lake Herald,
  2. 20 Jan 1896, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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