River Portal (East Portal), Colorado

I'm Irish & I'm a Mason...and I have a story to tell.

Sit By The River - Share My Journey

These entries document the stories of the men, women and children who lived at River Portal, Montrose County, Colorado while working on the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel - a historic pioneering project that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.

Please read from the first entry forwards as I tend to have my own writing style that's more like reading a book than an entry that can be read individually. Reading the posts separate from each other doesn't really convey the story properly. :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Surname Saturday - Motherlode of Names!

River Portal was the East Portal for the building of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel.  Not everyone that worked on the entire tunnel project lived at River Portal.  My family wasn't the only family listed as living here on the 1910 census.  Maybe your family / your ancestors lived here too?  Even if they weren't from Colorado they may have come here seeking employment.  Maybe you'll discover a connection to this wonderful but little known tunnel as well.  So here are the surnames listed at River Portal on the 1910 census.  I'll tell you more about some of the individuals involved with this project later.

I'll list the names in order of their household number.  Some were families and others bunked together in groups.

1.  Lines
2.  Bryan
3.  Warren & Speckman
4.  Lyall
5.  Quarles 
6.  Comstock
7.  Matzke
8.  Noonan 
9.  Dougherty 
10.  Benston (or Bunston?)
11.  Groves 
12.  Engelking 
13.  Riley & Carey
14.  Belcher
15.  Dawson
16.  Kinyon 
17.  Mason 
18.  Dougherty & Dixon 
19.  Williams 
20.  Dougherty 
21.  Lacher 
22.  McGillis, Winnet, Graham, Chambers, Moser, Blight, Gilbert
23.  McNeil, McIntyre, Brsell (?), McDonald, Rose, Pettit
24.  Collier, Briggs, Diegnan, Haller, Workman, Kelson, Adamson, McCandless, O'Brien, Cate
25.  Lindhard, Morgan, Hicks, Pryor
26.  Hansen, Venstron, Payne, Patterson, Hambledon, Straigel;
27.  Irvine, Nichols, Krebs, Hill, Tisdall, Burns, Killian, Turini, Jensen, Moberg, Giroux, Collison
28.  Shields, Chuoski, Salogub, Erikdsen, Brecht, Colsict, Berry, Fisher, Woodring
29.  Cheney, McGuire, Williams, Haney, Eastwood, Mullaney, Cosgrove, Barker, Funk, Kerr  

Whew!  About 95 surnames!  I hope some of you will recognize some of yours in this group.              

1 comment:

  1. What a neat list! Thank you for sharing. This is a great service. Hope someone replies!

    Bill ;-)

    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"