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Colorado Fuel and Iron Company Store

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1937. 303 Elk Ave. (northeast corner of 3rd St.)

CF&I, which owned and operated many of the area's coal mines, built and operated this stuccoed masonry store with its distinctive curvilinear parapet. When CF&I closed the Big Mine in 1952, it also closed this store, since reopened as a mini–shopping mall. In the rear alley is the famous two-story outhouse—supposedly a response to the snowdrifts that persist in shady places until May.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Colorado Fuel and Iron Company Store", [Crested Butte, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 541-541.

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