The standard-gauge Colorado Midland Railroad, steaming out of Colorado Springs through Leadville, reached this point at the confluence of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers in 1886. Railroaders founded Basalt (1887; 6,624 feet), named for the nearby mountain of basaltic lava. The CM also stopped at the Peach Blow Quarry (1909–1915), 7 miles east on the Fryingpan River, the largest of several quarries supplying peachy-red sandstone used in nearby Aspen and Glenwood Springs and as far away as Chicago.
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