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The great figures in the electrical world—men who have blazed the way to the most remarkable achievements in solving the problems of electric lighting and electric power, will soon be enjoying a refreshing breath of pure Colorado ozone.
Nearly every electric company in the country will be represented at the convention of the National Electric Light association which meets in Denver-Colorado Springs the week of June 5th.
Every supply company of any importance will have its representative present because the convention gives promise of being the most successful affair ever held by the association.
It is expected that thousands of delegates and visitors will be in attendance at the sessions of the convention and the questions which will be discussed by the greatest minds guiding the electrical world will be of wide interest throughout the country.
The attendance will not be limited to men who are applying electricity in the commercial world. The most erudite of educators—the heads of the scientific departments of all the famous colleges and universities in this country and Canada will participate in the deliberations of the convention.
The task to arrange for a gathering of these learned men in Denver has been gigantic, but this fact has not stood in the way of extraordinary efforts making to have an assembly of men at the convention that will reflect glory on the association and give it an enviable prestige.
When these distinguished visitors with their thousands of friends step off the train, they will be given a rousing welcome. That welcome will not be confined to the friendly grasp of the hand. It will not be confined to the glow that will radiate from every face that greets them.
The arch of electric lights spanning 17th street in front of the Union depot, Denver, will give forth a blazing flood of greeting; a sort of welcome in a silent but most eloquent language; a golden speech they are toiling to propagate with a persistence that gathers increased momentum with every stride.
This arch will tell them much. It will herald to them that Denver is to the fore in lighting; that her citizens are possessed of an effective public spirit that drives any movement linked with a vigorous progress with all the energy at their command.
As these men troop up 17th street to their hotels they will be given a revelation; they will readily observe that the fame of Denver as the "City of Lights," has not been undeservingly bruited abroad. Before they are here a great while, they will be positively convinced that the movement for even a better lighted city is hardly started, notwithstanding the fact that no city in the country is at the present time ahead of Denver in the application of electricity for lighting and motive power.
These distinguished visitors will be told by Denver citizens that the greatest impetus for more lights in every nook and corner in the city is yet to come.
The interest of the visiting electrical men and their friends will not stop with an inspection of the lighting of the city. They will want to know to what extent electric power is employed for manufacture and diverse uses. Investigation will cause surprise. They will ascertain that all modern shops in the city are using electric power to drive their machinery; that the conviction is becoming firmly rooted with all people using power that electric power is more serviceable and economical than steam.
The tongue of every one of those men will boost hard for Denver when the driving progress of the city is forcibly evidenced to them.
President Henry L. Doherty of the Denver Gas & Electric company had all these facts in mind when he touched the button that began the agitation for the convention. He realized the magnitude of the task; that the expense would be great to hold the convention as far west as Denver.
But he knew it would spread the fame of Denver; that it would increase the knowledge of the wide and varied resources of Colorado among a thinking class of men; who are ever on the alert to invest unlimited capital in any enterprise that promises a fair return.
He and his lieutenants talked with Ernest H. Davis president of the National Electric Light association about Denver. They talked to other influential men about Denver for the convention. They induced President Davis to come to Colorado. He mixed with Colorado people. He talked with them. He caught their spirit of push and he liked them.
He went back and told his friends that Denver was the place for the convention and that is why Denver and Colorado will soon be scrutinized with critical observation by many of the greatest men in the electrical world.
Will they be impressed with Denver and Colorado?
Will they drink in the beauties of Colorado Springs?
Will they appreciate the sublimity and majesty of nature's handiwork in this Switzerland of America?
They will be given every opportunity to do so. Every provision has been made to entertain them lavishly and hospitably. They will see Denver. Not a place of interest will be overlooked. They will see Colorado Springs at the foot of the towering Pike's Peak. They will see all the other picturesque places in Colorado that win the profuse praises of the tourist.
From the time of their arrival on Monday, June 5th, until the date on which they wave adieu to Denver, every moment will be utilized for their pleasure—and they will go away feeling that Colorado people are the most hospitable beings on earth.
The opening day will be business. That isn't hard for electrical men. They plunge into the thing and do it— and finish it up. Questions of great import will be discussed and the deliberations will be meat to every electrical man in the country.
The places of interest in Denver are innumerable but no time will be lost to point them out to the delegates and their friends. Conveyances will be employed to take them everywhere.
Early in the week they will be taken to Elitch's Gardens, an amusement resort that has become widely known all over the country because of its high class stock companies. This sequestered wilderness of flowers and foliage will seem like a glimpse of the tropics; a Gethsemane surrounded by undulating prairie with the snow-capped peaks looming up in the distance like the ghosts of mastodons.
Set in the rich natural beauty of this nook of enchantment is one of the most attractive summer theaters in the country. There is almost the atmosphere of the Greek drama because one does not get the cramped feeling incident to a down-town theater.
Mrs. Elitch demands the best from the artists she employs and every production is put on with an effort to get the exact and proper portrayal regardless of expense.
It may, therefore, be concluded that the production which will be witnessed by the thousands of visitors to the convention will be cordially and enthusiastically praised.
Penetrating the wild vagaries which nature has worked in the regions of Gilpin county will be a sojourn rich with the pleasure that swells the breast when one gazes upon countless shooting peaks that look like a sea of cathedral spires.
The Georgetown loop where the Colorado & Southern railroad criss-crosses itself is seen on the trip. This engineering feat, one of many which have been accomplished in the fastnesses of the Rockies, awes the visitor and makes him marvel at the powerful dominion of man over matter.
On a later date a special train will haul the 5,000 or more visitors over the Divide, a climb of nearly 3,000 feet from Denver, to Colorado Springs where the citizens of that beautiful and aristocratic city of millionaires will exert every effort to outdo Denver in the entertainment of the electrical men.
A visitor at Colorado Springs feels as if he were suddenly swept into a maze of beauty; there is so much to see that awakes the aesthetic, innate and acquired, that comprehension of the many beautiful scenic points of interest is almost dulled for a time. You may pinch yourself to see whether you have by chance been landed in fairyland.
A great man who was an agnostic said the only time he felt there was a Supreme Being was when he stood in one of the famous cathedrals of Europe; a triumph of architecture.
Some such feeling seems to envelop one when gazing for the first time on Pike's Peak rearing its gigantic proportions to the heavens; a strikingly close communion between earth and sky.
Two streaks of steel trace their lines on the face of the peak and make it possible to travel to the top of the mountain with as much comfort as if one were sitting in the observation car of a train on a level grade. Complete arrangements have been made for a trip on the cog road and the delegates and their friends will be able to view the grandeur and glory of Colorado's mountain scenery from an unsurpassed vantage point.
But even this rare treat is little more than a glimpse of the panorama of beauty that clothes the mountains, gives an inspiring touch to the gaping yawning canons and makes you a votary of the strange but alluring witchcraft of nature.
There will be much more in store for the electrical men. They will be given "the one day trip that bankrupts the English language" over the Short Line road that glides through canons, is swallowed at intervals in the cavernous depths of lofty peaks, fringes precipices that are nearly perpendicular and finally winds its sinuous course into the Cripple Creek district, a region that yearly adds millions of dollars to the wealth of the world.
The road is a monument to the learning, experience and ingenuity of railroad engineers; a marvel difficult of conception to the person who is not abreast with the almost breathless progress of railroad building; a triumph which is best understood only by those who devote their lives to solving the problems of accomplishing almost the impossible in establishing commodious traffic in wild mountainous country.
The progress of the train climbing the steep grade from an altitude of 6,000 feet to one of 10,000 feet, gives a succession of numberless scenic pictures of such infinite and pleasing variety as to beggar description; simply a flood of beauty that comes upon you as the surf beating upon the sand shores.
Of as great interest is the journey on the electric road from Victor to Cripple Creek, going over the "High Line" and returning on the "Low Line," a circle tour of 18 miles. Thrown up on all sides are dumps of different size which dot the entire district and evidence the persistent burrowing of men in search of gold.
In plain view as the journey proceeds are the big producers that continue to swell the dividends of their stockholders.
There is no trip in this country or the continent that is replete with so much genuine interest and of such great educational value as a journey from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek over The Short Line. A day will be devoted to this trip.
In both Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek the visitors will find that electricity has worked wonders in the development of both cities.
The Colorado Springs Electric company has a plant which is completely equipped with modern machinery and gives a high class of service.
Probably the most unique plant of its kind in this country and Canada is that of the Pike's Peak Hydro-Electric company, the machinery of which is driven by water at a 2,300 feet head. The water is conveyed to the water wheel through a 20-inch steel main.
Many of the mines in and about Cripple Creek are worked with electric power. Some of this power is sent to the mines from Canon City, a distance of thirty miles.
During the latter part of the convention week the delegates and their friends will be taken to many points of interest throughout the state.