Nathrop (1879, 7,690 feet) was founded by and named for Charles Nachtrieb, who established an adobe home and flour mill (1868) here. The spelling of his name was not the only casualty; Nachtrieb himself was shot in the back in 1881 by a disgruntled employee. The town became an important rail stop for the Denver, South Park & Pacific, which followed Chalk Creek west to the Alpine Tunnel. Nathrop has boomed since the 1980s as a launch site for Arkansas River rafters and kayakers.
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