Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Mighty Quinn: The day Mesa County owned a railroad and was taken for a ride

... During his term the issue of who owned the rail beds between Grand Junction and the state line came into question. Treasurer Quinn stated the railroad was the property owner and the railroad said they were not and refused to pay the taxes.
One Monday in May 1893 Treasurer Quinn placed into the hand of Sheriff Innes a warrant to seize enough property to pay the taxes owed to the county. The amount was $1000.91. The sheriff went to the Union Station in town and when the evening train came in from the west, the sheriff seized the train engine, leaving his deputy in charge holding the train. Continued

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