River in Canyon

River in Canyon
River in Canyon

Poem by Coyote @CoyoteSing

down a dirt road
I barely remember
how deep I must go
into this canyon
to find the river

Poem shared courtesy
of @CoyoteSing

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Motherlode of Names

River Portal was the East Portal for the building of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel.  Not everyone that worked on the entire tunnel project lived at River Portal.  My family wasn't the only family listed as living here on the 1910 census.  Maybe your family / your ancestors lived here too?  Even if they weren't from Colorado they may have come here seeking employment.  Maybe you'll discover a connection to this wonderful but little known tunnel as well.  So here are the surnames listed at River Portal on the 1910 census.  I'll tell you more about some of the individuals involved with this project later.

I'll list the names in order of their household number.  Some were families and others bunked together in groups.

1.  Lines
2.  Bryan
3.  Warren & Speckman
4.  Lyall
5.  Quarles 
6.  Comstock
7.  Matzke
8.  Noonan 
9.  Dougherty 
10.  Benston (or Bunston?)
11.  Groves 
12.  Engelking 
13.  Riley & Carey
14.  Belcher
15.  Dawson
16.  Kinyon 
17.  Mason 
18.  Dougherty & Dixon 
19.  Williams 
20.  Dougherty 
21.  Lacher 
22.  McGillis, Winnet, Graham, Chambers, Moser, Blight, Gilbert
23.  McNeil, McIntyre, Brsell (?), McDonald, Rose, Pettit
24.  Collier, Briggs, Diegnan, Haller, Workman, Kelson, Adamson, McCandless, O'Brien, Cate
25.  Lindhard, Morgan, Hicks, Pryor
26.  Hansen, Venstron, Payne, Patterson, Hambledon, Straigel;
27.  Irvine, Nichols, Krebs, Hill, Tisdall, Burns, Killian, Turini, Jensen, Moberg, Giroux, Collison
28.  Shields, Chuoski, Salogub, Erikdsen, Brecht, Colsict, Berry, Fisher, Woodring
29.  Cheney, McGuire, Williams, Haney, Eastwood, Mullaney, Cosgrove, Barker, Funk, Kerr  

Whew!  About 95 surnames!  I hope some of you will recognize some of yours in this group.              

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