Simla (1887, 5,966 feet) started as a Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific siding, which a railroad official's wife named after a town in northern India. In 1907 Michael Altman, from nearby Ramah, was encouraged to move his saloon, the Lumberjack, to Simla. Soon afterward Altman persuaded several Colorado Springs investors to help him lay out a town. Simla, like Agate and other Elbert County railroad towns, became an agricultural trade center. Once the largest pinto bean shipping point in the Pikes Peak region, it is a tidy town of some 500 souls.
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