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Rio Grande Southern Depot

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1890. 321 N. Railroad St.
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

RGS Superintendent Robert Ridgway selected the site for a depot that greeted rail passengers until 1952. It has been moved two blocks and converted to a private home with a two-car garage. The steep gable roof and Queen Anne tower survive on a long, rectangular structure with a bracketed overhang covering what was once the station platform. For the 1961 film How the West Was Won, the depot was dressed up in additional Queen Anne ornament to play the part of the Independence Hotel, but has since lost most of its movie makeup. The Rio Grande Southern yards near here once employed fifty men, who worked at a five-bay roundhouse (now gone), two-story office, and shops where the famed flock of Galloping Geese were built and maintained.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Rio Grande Southern Depot", [Ridgway, 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, 576-577.

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