But a few cowboys still call Belvidere home, including 71-year-old Dick Robbins
, whose ranch is situated not far from town.
"Oh yeah," he
"I'm living proof that the only ex-cowman is a dead man."
has "250 damn cows now" after being down to zero twice.
Despite its beauty, there was little potable water, Robbins
"You could drill a hole in downtown Belvidere and you'll probably find fluid that even a rabbit couldn't drink," he
"The good water came a little higher."
The railroad began shipping water in tank cars, transferring it to a cistern near the depot, according the Kiowa history book.
Crews drilled a well two miles east and eventually water was piped into town.
comes to town
likes to tell of a story that supposedly ran in the Yale University alumni bulletin at one time.
About 10 percent of the population of Belvidere was Yale
The rest, bootleggers, the publication stated.
"There never was a legal source of alcohol," Robbins
said with a chuckle, but noted his
father, a couple uncles and a cousin all graduated from Yale
Robbins' father, Richard
, graduated form Yale in 1913 and attended Carnegie Tech.
then worked on the New York Stock Exchange
He eventually was president of Trans World Airlines.
In the early 1970s, Dick Robbins
took over the operation.
recalls when there were six trains a day going into Belvidere.
also recalls the day the 2002 when the last train rolled into town.
It still brings hard feelings to the surface for Robbins
, who said he
wouldn't elaborate much on the topic.
said matter-of-factly, "that railroad didn't die a natural death.