Lookout Point Park: All Season Train Watching Excitement!!

http://garrygolden.com/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/1320 The rail lookout point was built in 2007 on the Ex-Wabash right away as an open platform train watching deck. Wabash crossed the Ex-Santa Fe (now BNSF) transcon via a bridge. This made a perfect vantage point for watching the action below.

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This is the first version of the Lookout.

about a year later in 2008 it was decided to enclose the deck so it could be enjoyed by visitors all year round. After the deck was enclosed a heater was added. A few modern day goodies were also added like Wi-Fi, ATCS train monitoring system. It soon took on the nickname of the “Trainwatching Cabin” courtesy of the many visitors that came to watch trains from this location.

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This is version two of the Lookout

The cabin lasted for quite a while in version two until there was time and funds to build a deck.
The addition of the deck along with all the other cool things the lookout already had made this the best of both worlds. The deck also got you a little closer to the tracks too. You can now see the trains round the curve to the west of your view just past the La Plata Amtrak Station.

When the lookout cabin was originally built it was dedicated in honor of the Millionth Passenger Rail Mile of Chris Guenzler

Lookout Version #3
What a view for anyone at the Lookout Cabin. The deck is a welcome addition.

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Its cold outside but warm and cozy inside.

We look forward to having you visit!!!!

In 2016 the lookout point was in dire need of repair. Through the donations from supporters that enjoy the lookout. It was remodeled into what it is today. The walls are insulated and there is electric heat. The ATCS monitor has been replaced as well as the internet service. There is also a park style BBQ Grill. The name was also changed to Lookout Point Park.
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Amtrak #4. The “Southwest Chief” poses beside the “Lookout Point Park” during its daily stop in LaPlata.

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11 years ago

Update on the lookout point. We are in process of getting quotes for new siding and windows. When the money is available. We will be asking for volunteers to help us replace those items. The old siding will be preserved because fo the signatures but it is deteriorating in its present state. If you would like to donate to help this project move faster please click our doante button and just write in the comment what the donation is for. Thank You in adavance for your support.

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