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Collbran

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Collbran (1891, 5,987 feet) was named for Henry Collbran of the Colorado Midland Railroad in the vain hope of attracting a rail line. A ranching town and former stage stop, it retains a quaint, false-fronted main street. The most impressive structures are the Collbran General Store (c. 1900), northwest corner of Main Street and Colorado 330, a two-story frame building with a dormered gambrel roof, and the clapboard Collbran Congregational Church (1903), 202 West High Street. The church has a diminutive rose window, fishscale shingles on the one fancy dormer, and various clapboard additions. A fine terracotta frieze inscribed with the name Stockman's Bank (1916), 124 Main Street (southwest corner of Short Street), crowns what is now the public library, a beige brick box with a round-arched entry flanked by round-arched windows with fanlights. The Collbran Auditorium (1910), northwest corner of Main Street and Colorado 330, is a large, barnlike frame structure with a curvilinear parapet topping the false front. Built to host the Stockman's Ball, it is now used as a theater.

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Author: 
Thomas J. Noel

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