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The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad stone depot was built in 1880. Although preparations began a year earlier, the third rail was laid through Salida during 1890. Addition of the outside rail allowed standard gauge as well as narrow gauge trains to operate over the entire Rio Grande system. Switches, frogs and rerailers – especially in the crowded Salida yards – were an engineering marvel. As late as 1890, the tender of this switcher is fitted with...
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Trees on Tenderfoot Mountain are alive and well when this photograph was taken March 20, 1895. They began dying shortly after the smelter opened – upwind – in 1902, and by 1917 there were almost none left. Two foot paths up the mountain were used by hundreds of visitors who wanted to get a view of the city while they waited to change trains. The mountain was a favorite picnic spot for locals as well. The Denver & Rio Grande Depot, F Street...
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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.
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As many as 100 trains a day passed through Salida – and sometimes there were 15 or more passenger trains. That was apparently the case on this day in 1884. The coaches on the far track are awaiting wash jobs before returning to service. Tenderfoot Mountain is visible in the distance. Ernest Brownson Collection.
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Photo of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Depot and the Monte Cristo Hotel, taken by John Kratky, who lived in Salida between 1912-1920. Josephine Soukup Collection.
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The Art Moderne Style D & RG Railroad Depot was built in the 1940s and torn down in 1985. Bob Rush Collection.
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The Art Moderne Style D & RG Railroad Depot was built in the 1940s and torn down in 1985. This photograph is from the 1981 Architectural Inventory streetscapes.
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This art deco railroad station was torn down in January 1985. This image is from the Bob Rush Photo Collection.
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A view of Salida from Tenderfoot Mountain. From the Hermit of Arbor Villa Collection.
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Three men stand in front of their truck after a winter storm hits Salida and the Salida Depot. This image is from the Bob Pierce Collection.
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A wintry scene at the Salida Depot in Salida, Colorado. This image is from the Bob Pierce Collection.
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A wintry scene at the Salida Depot in Salida, Colorado. This image is from the Bob Pierce Collection.
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This is a photograph of Bob Pierce (at right) horsing around with two of his colleagues on the Denver and Rio Grande platform in Salida, Colorado. This image is from the Bob Pierce Collection.
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A photograph of railroad workers at the Denver and Rio Grande freight house in Salida, Colorado. This image is from the Bob Pierce Collection.
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This is a photograph of 5 railroad workers and one woman at the Denver and Rio Grande freight house in Salida, Colorado. This image is from the Bob Pierce Collection.