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Del Norte

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The county seat (1872, 7,882 feet) was founded at a crossing on the often frisky Río Grande del Norte. It supplanted a preexisting Hispanic town of La Loma de San Jose, founded 3 miles to the east in 1859 by Juan Bautista Silva and a settlement party from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Del Norte became primarily an Anglo supply town for the San Juan mining regions, a role enhanced by the 1881 arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. A visitor information center occupies the D&RG caboose at the corner of Grande Avenue and Spruce Street. Many buildings here use lightweight, tough rhyolite, the volcanic stone found locally in light pink to white colors.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel

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