National and State Register

Rock Island Snow Plow No. 95580

Lincoln County

The Rock Island Snow Plow No. 95580 sits on rails it originally cleared in the 1950s-’80s within the environs of the Limon Heritage Museum, which includes the National Register-listed Limon Railroad Depot.

Built as a typical wedge plow from a steam locomotive tender by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (Rock Island) shop in 1951, the plow played a crucial role in keeping tracks clear of snow on the plains of Eastern Colorado and Western Kansas, where major storms could easily make tracks impassable. The plow is also a good example of a converted tender into a plow; it still features the distinctive “loaf of bread” shape as developed by Rock Island and is a testament to the repurposing of equipment constantly employed by railroads.