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Jefferson (1861, 9,500 feet) began as an 1860s gold-mining camp and was revived in 1879 by the arrival of the DSP&P, whose depot (1879) along U.S. 285 has been lovingly restored. This clapboard station is typical of hundreds of small-town depots with its simple, side-gable construction, bracketed eaves, signboards, and station agent's bay window. The well-maintained Jefferson Schoolhouse (c. 1900) is a one-story, lapsided structure with an enclosed entry and open mansard bell tower.

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Thomas J. Noel

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