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National Register of Historic Places in Conejos County

National Register #07000374: Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension Antonito Depot Built 1971
National Register #07000374: Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension Tourist Train in Antonito Depot
National Register #07000374: Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension Sagebrush West of Antonito
National Register #07000374: Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension Osier

All Photos 21 July 2010
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National Register #73000462
Denver & Rio Grande Railroad San Juan Extension
AKA Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rairoad
Between Antonito and Chama via Cumbres Pass
Completed 1880

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad consists of 64 miles of three-foot gauge railroad track and associated rolling stock and structures in three counties: Conejos, Archuleta, and Rio Arriba.

The following inventory is from the National Register Nomination Form submitted in 1973.

  • Antonito: a small frame depot, built in 1971. This was designed to conform with the architecture of the other structures along the line, which is typical of western railroad design of the 1880's. Condition of the Antonito depot is excellent. A wye, a passing siding, and a new handcar shed complete the inventory at Antonito. loop at Lava.

  • Lava: a telephone shed and a water tank. The shed is in poor condition, and the tank, which was burned in 1971, is being rebuilt and restored, there is also a turning loop at Lava.

  • Bighorn: a passing siding, a wye, and a telephone shed. The shed is in fair condition.

  • Sublette: two frame section houses, a handcar shed, a passing siding, and a buried water tank with a tracksicle standpipe. The buildings range in condition from fair to good.

  • Toltec: is a passing siding and a telephone shed which is in fair condition.

  • Osier: a frame section house, a handcar shed, a water tank, a passing siding, and some stock loading pens. The structures range in condition from poor to Good.

  • Los Pinos: a passing siding, and a water tank which is in good condition.

  • Cumbres: a frame section house, a handcar shed, a buried water tank with a tarckside standpipe, two passing sidings, and a wye which is covered by wooden snowsheds. The snowsheds and the section house are in very poor condition.

  • Coxo: a telephone shed in fair condition.

  • Cresco: a water tank, a telephone shed and a passing siding. The structures are in poor condition.

  • Lobato: a passing siding and some stock loading pens which are in poor condition.

  • Chama: a yard facility with 16,961 feet of sidings, a water tank, a coaling tower, a sand house, an ash pit, stock loading pens, a wye, a frame depot and sundry related structures. Condition of the structures ranges from poor to good.

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