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Pitkin (1879, 9,000 feet) sprang up as a silver mining town named for Colorado governor Frederick W. Pitkin. The 1904 Pitkin Hotel (Masonic Block), 329 Main Street, and the tiny Denver, South Park & Pacific depot (1882) at the northeast corner of State and 6th streets, with its oversized, bracketed roof, have been restored. Built into a south-facing hill, the Pitkin City Hall (1900), 400 4th Street (NR), has a stone first floor with a lap-sided second story and an open bell tower. This quaint town in a remote, picturesque mountain valley is watered by open irrigation ditches between the street and plank sidewalks along Main Street. Survivors include a false-fronted assay office (1881) and mercantile building, as well as the gabled Queen Anne Style Community Church.

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Thomas J. Noel

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