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Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park receives its name due to parts of the gorge receive only 33 minutes of sunlight per day.
Along with other silver mining operations in the early 1880s, a narrow gauge train was built 15 miles from Sapinero to Cimarron. On August 3, 1882, the first passenger train passed through the Black Canyon, and the editor of the Gunnison newspaper riding a observation car wrote: "Undoubtedly the largest and most rugged canyon in the world traversed by the iron horse. It is a narrow gorge with walls of granite rising in some places to s height of thousands of feet."
In 1889 Rudyard Kipling rode through the Black Canyon and wrote: "We entered a gorge, remote from the sun, where the rocks were two thousand feet sheer, and where a rock splintered river roared and howled ten feet below a track. There was a glory and a wonder and a mystery about the made ride."

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