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In 1898, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot was rebuilt and enlarged from the original 1880 stone depot to be “the finest and most commodious on the entire great system” outside the larger cities of Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo. Bob Rush Collection.
A major fire occurred at the Denver and Rio Grande railroad facilities in December 1892, destroying fourteen stalls in the roundhouse, seventeen locomotives, and the machine shops. Railroad employees and citizens managed to save twenty locomotives, but damages were estimated at $400,000. The Rio Grande's continuing reliance on Salida was demonstrated in its rebuilding and enlarging of the damaged structures. Bob Rush Collection....