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County Social Services Office (Denver & Rio Grande Depot)

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Denver & Rio Grande Depot
1908. 610 State Ave. (northeast corner of 6th St.) (NR)

Alamosa's third and last D&RG passenger station is a two-story beige brick Beaux-Arts box with a red tile hipped roof. Wide eaves, a low roofline, wings, and a suspended metal entry canopy give it a low-slung, Prairie Style profile. During the 1980s this standard L-plan depot was converted to offices for Alamosa County Social Services. The now bleak trackside terrain surrounding the depot once bustled, amid much smoke, steam, and racket. Only five derelict bays survive in what was once a fifteen-stall roundhouse, and little is left of machine shops so fully equipped they could make a new engine boiler.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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