JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – It has been 20 long, difficult and emotional months for Elvira Nedoma and her team who have been running the trains around Tiny Town. The attraction was barely able to hang on during the pandemic. Then, on their opening weekend, the rain washed away a day’s work.
“We hoped people wouldn’t forget about us after 20 months. Suddenly the parking lot kept filling up and filling up and I was like ‘okay’, ”Nedoma said of opening day on Saturday. “We set a record that day.”
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Tiny Town has been around for over 100 years, but relies on volunteers to barely make it through to next year. A summer with no family, entertainment or income meant he was almost lost. An online campaign raised enough money to visit this summer.
“Everyone just wants to do something,” Nedoma said. “I am delighted to die. I worked all last summer hoping that would happen.
The main reason people keep coming back is the generational story that many have.
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“The first time I came here I was probably about his age with my grandfather. This has been a generational question, so we will continue to build on this momentum. The memories of this small town. Love it, love it so much, ”said Dawn Christ, who made the trip with her daughter and 4-year-old granddaughter from Cheyenne.
“We would come here as kids, go on a school trip, and come home for Memorial Day. I thought it would be something for the kids, ”said Brian Bendl with his son Cameron on his shoulders. “Just cool. Fun to share something with the kids from our childhood.”
Volunteer engineers have spent the closed months of the pandemic repairing trains and repairing the tiny buildings around the park. A refresh for a Colorado institution that will hopefully make it another century.
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“I might cry if I talk about it too much. I will not cry. It’s just overwhelming, ”Nedoma said. “We’re going to have the best year I’ve ever seen.”