You are here


-A A +A
1879–1903. On the D&RG and U.S. 50

Monarch, formerly called Chaffee, takes its name from 11,312-foot Monarch Pass, four miles to the west. This tiny D&RG railroad town, which boasted the biggest limestone quarry in the state, is now gone. The Madonna Mine, oldest and richest of Chaffee County mines, is one of many historic structures along U.S. 50 as it climbs Monarch Pass. The Monarch Ski Area is on the east side of the pass, and the Monarch Pass Visitors Center is at the top. The latter is an earth-sheltered structure with a granite and glass front for a U.S. Forest Service information station and the Monarch Aerial Tramway.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Monarch", [Salida, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,